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Feminism 101: Pussies are not for grabbing

It’s been 30 years since I found my voice – now ‘nasty’ women around the world are fighting back

The witch is she who dares to act alone

Women have to unite in a country and parts of the world where the ultimate subjugation is death

What’s behind children being cast as witches in Nigeria

Children labelled as witches in Nigeria are often abandoned, shunned by society and turfed out into the streets.

‘Bad’ children condemned as witches

Youngsters in Tanzania who are suffering from epilepsy or who are just 'naughty' face exorcisms, beatings and even death.

Two more suspected ‘witches’ hacked to death in Tanzania

Two women had their throats slit and were hacked on suspicion of being witches, a week after seven people were burned to death on the same suspicion.

Seven accused of witchcraft burned alive in Tanzania

Police in Tanzania say 23 people were arrested in connection with the crime of seven people, accused of witchcraft, have been burned alive.

Presidency rejects claims of Zuma’s apartheid witchcraft

A media report that President Jacob Zuma practised witchcraft during apartheid was "ridiculous and misleading", says the presidency.

By the gods, what now?

After President Jacob Zuma called on his ancestors to help secure his next term, Mpho Moshe Matheolane wonders how the gods would react to this.

Albinos’ lonely call for recognition

Though defined as disabled, the state does not accord a albinos any rights and South Africans "are as deaf as the ground", activists say.

Suffer the little children

Humanist Leo Igwe has taken on popular pastor Helen Ukpabio over the hunting of "child witches" in Nigeria.

Tanzania witchcraft protest turns violent, four killed

Four people have been killed in Tanzania in clashes between police and thousands of demonstrators angry at a spate of alleged witchcraft killings.

Nothing magical about witchcraft, says Indian state

Chanting to cure snakebites and claiming to be a reincarnated spouse to obtain sex could be banned by an Indian state to protect the vulnerable.

Malawi’s ‘witches’ challenge colonial-era sorcery law

When Kanthukako Supaunyolo's grandson woke up in the night with a nosebleed, his parents were enraged by what they saw as a bad omen.

Malawi rights group pays fines to free elderly ‘witches’

A Malawian rights group said it had paid fines to secure the release of three elderly women sent to prison for witchcraft.

Nigerian children branded as witches in deadly purge

Jeremiah (10) stares blankly at a window, tears rolling down his scarred cheeks, recounting how his father doused him with petrol and set him ablaze.

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R2.3bn VBS trial expected to only begin in 2022

The state is expected to request a 16 week-long trial, as delays stymie progress in the saga.

Eastern Cape citizens don’t have to visit the labour department for UIF

This measure, aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19, may shortly be introduced in other regions.

VBS case delays cause massive frustration

A certificate is needed from the head of the NPA for more arrests to be made

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