Suspected witchcraft ritual near Swakop

08 Feb 2016 15:30pm
SWAKOPMUND, 08 FEB (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on Monday discovered items suspected to have been used in a witchcraft ritual near the Nonidas plots some 10 kilometres east of Swakopmund.
NamPol’s Community Affairs Officer in the Erongo Region, Sergeant Ileni Shapumba said a member of the public discovered the items placed along the road between Swakopmund and Arandis, and alerted the police.
Police found a carefully folded cloth in the ruling Swapo-party colours bearing the image of President Hage Geingob, and a N.dollars 100 note held down with four pieces of rocks.
Also found at the scene was a washing basin with water containing what appear to be crushed herbs, a woman’s black head wrap and a uniform usually worn by cleaners and cooks.
It is suspected that three people were involved as two sets of bare footprints and one set of shoe prints were found.
Vehicle tracks were also visible.
It also appears as if one person was washed with the water from the basin.
Shapumba and colleagues told Nampa at the scene the police will remove the items out of fear that members of the public could take the money or basin with the intention to use it and get hurt in the process.
“This is scary; we are not used to witchcraft being practiced openly like this. We will take the items to the police station and see what to do with it.
“Maybe the owner/s will read the story and come to the station to collect their things. For now we are not sure what we will do with the items,” he said, adding that they could destroy the items by burning and/or take fingerprints for further investigations.
Shapumba used the opportunity to urge society to avoid supporting or practicing witchcraft as it “robs people of money and other property”.
“If we all work together to fight these evils we will succeed and not have our people committing suicide or killing others due to witchcraft,” he said.