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Swaziland has launched a crackdown on high-flying witches after banning them from hovering above 150metres.
It has been a long time since witches were burnt at the stake in Europe but the accusation remains a serious one in the landlocked African country.
PAnyone caught flying their broomstick above the height limit faces arrest and a hefty R500,000 fine, the country’s civil aviation authorities said this week.
‘A witch on a broomstick should not fly above the [150-metre] limit,’ corporate affairs director Sabelo Dlamini told The Star.
The new aviation law was highlighted after a private investigator was caught flying a helicopter equipped with a video camera to gather surveillance information.
Witchcraft is taken seriously in Swaziland where many people believe in the power of black magic.
Last year a leading Swazi MP called for a hike in tax paid by witch doctors to help ease the cash-strapped country’s financial woes.
From the Metro newspaper
What a frightened and scared society we’ve become. Many of us feel intimidated when we see a group of youths walking toward us. Many elderly people will not venture outdoors after dark. Some are afraid that our country will suffer a terrorist attack. Many are anxious that their children will be kidnapped and abused and even murdered.
These are not easy times in which we live. These are times of danger and of uncertainty – and we are fearful for ourselves, our loved ones, our society and world.
And this negativity is eroding the quality, even the love, of life we used to enjoy. It is destructive and damaging.
But Jesus says: “Do not be afraid, little flock…”
He is telling us, his followers, to trust in him and to not be overly fearful in a negative sense.
Of course, we need to be afraid of evil, and we need to know our weaknesses; but, with our hand in his hand we are safe.
“Fear not, little flock…”
However, his promise is conditional upon our remaining a part of his “little flock,” of believers. He is not making a blanket promise to those who are not party to the covenant. That’s how this should be interpreted….and yet, I’m not so sure that this is entirely the case…for I don’t think that he is necessarily promising his flock that there would not be any reason to fear.
When I was a Hospital Chaplain, I came across some years ago, a very devout patient who shared with me how she was afraid of her operation. She said something like, “The most unpleasant of all to me was the anxiety that I could not seem to control. It is scary to think about being placed in the hands of perfect strangers who will put you to sleep and then perform surgery.”
Psychologists say that most people’s fear of flying on and airliner, is founded not upon the fear of getting thirty thousand feet off the ground, but the fear is really based on not being in control— not being allowed to fly the plane yourself. At least in a car we can choose to drive sober, safely, and seat- belted.
A particular friend of mine simply will not fly. He has never been in a plane in his life, and refuses point blank to go anywhere by plane. The reason – he’s afraid.
He’s afraid because he’s seen films about planes crashing and has allowed his fears take control of his thoughts.
He’s even afraid of eating airline food; he’s frightened of getting DVT (deep vein thrombosis) He says that he would be afraid to go to the loo on-board in case the door wouldn’t lock and it would swing open leaving him looking vulnerable.
And, then he said if he did manage to lock the door, it might jam and then he’d be trapped.
He was even afraid that the pilot and co-pilot might get food poisoning and there would be noone to land the plane safely.
Then there was the threat of terrorists… and a lot more.
And, if you stop and think about it, all these things are possible.
But we have Christ’s promise that we do not have anything to really fear. Having said that, he casts out fears not so much by taking away the problem; but rather, by giving victory amid the pain— and that’s the greatest victory of all.
e says “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden – in other words, all of you who are burdened by anxiety and fears, and I will give you rest – and what is “rest” but a feeling of security and of being at ease with oneself and ones surroundings – or, if you like, victory over our fears
“So do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom.”