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"Witchcraft and Witchcraft-Related Violence in AmaZizi Chiefdom of kwaZangashe, Eastern Cape"

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Nanette De Jong



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by AOSIS Publishing, 2022.

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This article explores witchcraft-related violence against elderly women in the AmaZizi Chiefdom of kwaZangashe in Eastern Cape, South Africa. The potential causes that have promoted such violence form the central subject of the study. The study includes a research design that combines questionnaires, focus groups and follow-on interviews. The findings have revealed a prevalence of witchcraft beliefs in the region, and have pointed to elderly women as the likely victims of witchcraft violence. This has resulted in AmaZizi’s elderly women being socially isolated, verbally abused, and at risk of physical violence and even murder. This study concludes with several interventions organised to combat future witchcraft-related violence and to support the elderly women in the Chiefdom.

Publication metadata

Author(s): de Jong N, Jongisilo Pokwana ka Menziwa C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: HTS Theological Studies

Year: 2022

Volume: 78

Issue: 3

Online publication date: 22/06/2022

Acceptance date: 07/01/2022

Date deposited: 10/01/2022

ISSN (print): 0259-9422

ISSN (electronic): 2072-8050

Publisher: AOSIS Publishing


DOI: 10.4102/hts.v78i3.7108

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/8qzp-rt19

Notes: This work was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Global Challenges Urgency Research Fund (AH/T012986/1) and by Newcastle University’s Global Challenges Academy.


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