Is the Traditional Health Practitioners Act (No 22 of 2007) in conflict with the Witchcraft Suppression Act (No 3 of 1957) in present-day South Africa?

Gabriel Louw*, Andrè Duvenhage** * Research Associate, Focus Area Social Transformation, Faculty of Arts, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa ** Research Director, Focus Area Social Transformation, Faculty of Arts, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa Ensovoort volume 36 (2016), number 10: 1. Research Corresponding Author: Prof Dr Gabriel Louw Focus Area Social […]

Is the Witchcraft Suppression Act (No 3 of 1957) a medieval throwback to the Dark Ages for South Africans? Think again!

Gabriel Louw, Andrè Duvenhage Ensovoort volume 36 (2016), number 9: 2. Abstract Background The Witchcraft Suppression Act (Act No 3, 1957) seems to have been totally ignored since 1994 as an old apartheid law by the new political dispensation. The question is: Why is this happening and can the Act can be seen as pre-modern […]

How and why bewitching and wickedness are created and maintained within small, specific segments of the South African population

Gabriel Louw, Andrè Duvenhage Ensovoort volume 36 (2016), number 9: 1. Abstract Background Beliefs in the supernatural are maintained by strengthening the evils which the witch or the bewitched person can do to his or her fellows. This system is perpetuated by the repetition of stories of how the witch may target the individual as […]

Did muthi, ritual and witchcraft murders happen only in the Dark Medieval Ages of South Africa? Think twice!

Gabriel Louw, Andrè Duvenhage Ensovoort volume 36 (2016), number 8: 2. Abstract Background Muthi, ritual and witchcraft murders seem to be inherent pathologies of a certain section of the South African population. Various determinants contribute to the generation and endurance of such behaviour. These murders are part of a bigger picture in which constantly created […]

Do many South Africans still believe today in the supernatural, bad magic, witchcraft, witches and evil demons?

Gabriel Louw, Andrè Duvenhage Ensovoort volume 36 (2016), number 8: 1. Background The main definition of the Traditional Health Practitioners Act (Act No 22, 2007) clearly reveals a mindset, upheld by certain segments of the population as well as official thinking, that the supernatural is real and an important part of their daily life. This belief […]

Resensie: Intieme beeld van Saul Bellow deur sy seun Greg

Johannes Comestor Saul Bellow (1915-2005) het in 1976 die Nobel-prys vir letterkunde ontvang. Oor hom en sy werk is al baie geskryf. Eers onlangs het daar welkome nuwe perspektief gekom toe Bellow se oudste kind sy herinneringe en ‘n ontleding van sy pa se werk gepubliseer het. Ek verwys na Greg Bellow (gebore in 1944) […]

Sangoma of the silver screen: Jamie Uys as film maker 1950–1964

Dr. Jan-Ad Stemmet, Department of History, University of the Free State This article was written with the gracious co-operation of Dr Boet Troskie (founder: Mimosa Films) and Mrs. Mireschen Troskie-Marx (board member: Mimosa Films). Abstract It would be no exaggeration describe Jamie Uys as one of the most important role players in the development of […]

Die ANC en die konsep van Nasie

Afred Bosch, Centre d’estudis africans, Universiteit van Barcelona “The people, the real people, do not support Inkatha.  They are with the ANC.” (Teni, Soweto-aktivis 1993) Die African National Congress (ANC) beskou en definieer sigself as die grootste nasionale bevrydingsbeweging in Suid Afrika.  Hierdie strewe word reeds in sy naam verwoord.  Wat die leerstellinge betref, stel […]

Doomsday Preppers on a national scale: The National Party’s preparations for self-sufficiency during apartheid

Burgert Senekal Abstract As individual preppers prepare for emergencies by stockpiling food, weapons and water, the National Party (NP) government of South Africa started preparing for extensive isolation in the 1960s because of its racial policies. This article examines the measures taken by the NP government to mitigate the effects of sanctions, embargoes and boycotts, […]

Taal, landskap en identiteit

Dan Roodt Die kwessie rondom taal is besig om dié aangaande ras te vervang as die belangrikste enkele strydpunt in Suid-Afrika. Selfs gedurende die grondwetlike onderhandelinge tussen die Nasionale Party en die ANC tydens die aanloop tot die 1994-verkiesing het slegs drie vraagstukke hul onderskeie standpunte geskei, naamlik eiendomsreg, die sogenaamde uitsluitingsklousule (waarvolgens ’n werkgewer […]