Arrangement of Sections


   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

   3.   Penalty for naming or imputing witchcraft

   4.   Penalty on professional witch doctors

   5.   Penalty for professing knowledge of witchcraft

   6.   Acts constituting witchcraft

   7.   Employment or solicitation of persons in matters of witchcraft

   8.   Presence at tests

   9.   Carrying out advice in matters of witchcraft

   10.   Deceiving or imposing by means of witchcraft

   11.   Possessing charms, etc.

   12.   Penalty on chief or headman encouraging witchcraft

   13.   Obtaining goods, etc., by false pretences


to provide for penalties for the practice of witchcraft; and to provide for matters incidental to or connected therewith.

[9th May, 1914]

Act 5 of 1914,

Act 47 of 1948,

Act 31 of 1952,

Act 47 of 1963,

Act 24 of 1977,

Act 26 of 1993.

Act 13 of 1994.

GN 493 of 1964.

1.   Short title

This Act may be cited as the Witchcraft Act.

2.   Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

“act complained of” includes any death, injury, damage, disease or calamity, whether of an accidental or of a tortious character;

“boiling water test” means the dipping into boiling water of the limbs or any portion of the body of a person;

“property” includes animals;

“witchcraft” includes the throwing of bones, the use of charms and any other means, process or device adopted in the practice of witchcraft or sorcery.

3.   Penalty for naming or imputing witchcraft

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