Muti killing a crime against humanity - Phiyega

Johannesburg - Muti killings are serious crimes against humanity and a collaborative approach is needed to combat them, Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega said on Saturday.

"Women, the elderly and children remain the most vulnerable," she said at a crime awareness campaign on ritual murders and mob justice in Giyani, Limpopo.

She said a study prepared for the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial summary or arbitrary executions in 2011, documented that witchcraft had been widely practised in African societies since before the colonial time.

"Belief in how witchcraft is practised varies from state to state, but the belief and practice of witchcraft is often to give a justification for why bad things happen to certain people."

She said this led to accusations against certain individuals who were suspected of having been directly involved in the acts of witchcraft.

"Accusations of witchcraft can lead to violations of a wide range of human rights, including the right to life," she said.

"If we are to make a progressive Limpopo a reality, a shift in our mind-sets and perceptions is of paramount importance. We feel that it is time to gather and talk about where these beliefs emanate from."

She said it was time to call on traditional leaders, community police forums, community-based organisations and other community leaders to deliberate on these issues.

"We need to deliberate in detail on the truthfulness of what research on ritual murders depicts on issues such as the beliefs that particular body parts harvested through a particular process and from selected victims could enhance health, strength, wealth or power.

"These matters can no longer be swept under the carpet and kept secret," she said.

Roann Louw 2014-08-24 02:40:44 PM
But isn't muti part of their culture? Culture justifies all these crazy habits of our African poeple
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-24 02:45:55 PM
Zuma that means if i use this muti i can walk into a bank and demand money :-) interesting i will be bulletproof and have magical powers to disapear
Venicia Williams 2014-08-24 02:59:02 PM
She should engage this with sangomas and traditional healers...they are the ones who is commanding...
Love SA 2014-08-24 03:04:09 PM
Bring back the death penalty, if you take a life then your own is no more allowed. Plain and simple. Why does the murdered not have rights, theirs were taken away so why in Gods Name do the murderes have the right to life. The very same life they look from others. If you take a life your have no more right to life. Bring back the death penalty and the murder rate will come down after a few years when the fear of losing your own life has set in.
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-24 03:05:38 PM
Margeret lol
Anthony Richardson 2014-08-24 03:13:29 PM
Does the Consumer Protection Act cover muthi that doesn't work?
Bradly Minnaar 2014-08-24 03:50:22 PM
F!@$ing backward
Mesuli Jamaica 2014-08-24 04:06:23 PM
Marikane killings is crime against humanity.
Mesuli Jamaica 2014-08-24 04:06:46 PM
Marikane killings is crime against humanity.
Morake Letsoalo 2014-08-24 04:12:30 PM
whitchcraft should be taken into consideration by veture most people are murdered for muti purpose. it is realy shocking that these heartless monsters target woman and children knowing that they cannot protect or defend themselves. police commissioner must explain strategies they use to eliminate this inhuman predators in our communities. if there is no proper savety and protection in our communities, then the whole country is not protected. ministry of safety and security and ministry of justice join hands and sort it out before it becomes a huge business and a big problem.