10 January 2014

South Africa: Witchcraft Reports Are Ridiculous

press release

The media reports that President Jacob Zuma used to practise witchcraft are ridiculous and misleading.

The President, speaking in KwaNyamazane, Mpumalanga in isiZulu, related to the audience how, while operating in exile in Swaziland, he used to infiltrate South Africa through the KwaNyamazane area to do underground political work. Given the ‘cloak and dagger' manner of such underground operations, they were referred to jocularly as “ukuthakatha" (witchcraft), which implied ‘bewitching' the authorities by outwitting them.

It appears that some journalists, who probably do not understand the isiZulu language, did a literal translation and lost the meaning.

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