It was reported that a 57 year old sangoma (traditional African witchdoctor/healer) was allowed to marry a 13 year old girl on the explanation that "she was being troubled by the ancestors". Really?? I ask you with damn tears in my eyes whether or not this could in any way be acceptable.
The poor child's parents consented to the "marriage" and
sold her for accepted R5000 as lobola.
This is an absolutely disgusting action. What parent in their right mind allows a child to marry an old man? This kind of practise should be outlawed and so too should the evil practices of sangomas.
The article below says that the government is "outraged" by this marriage and yet they still allow it to happen. They arrested the sangoma but because the marriage is valid apparently all charges were dropped. It is encouraging to see that the National Prosecuting Authority will actually be looking into the matter and I hope they stay with it.
In my opinion this is a Constitutional matter and as a result the government has to take into account the rights of the child. there is no way that a marriage at 13 to someone 4 times her age could in any way be in her best interests. So the challenge is now on the state to set things right and to ensure that this is never allowed to happen again - that is if they are serious.
Read Mike Smiths recent article on his blog dealing with muti - which is supplied by these unscrupulous snake oil salesmen and blatant criminals.