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Cases of alleged Satanism Friday sparked outrage and fear throughout the country, with some people going as far as blaming the Witchcraft Suppression Act for “protecting” suspects and witchcraft practitioners.

Report By VENERANDA LANGA SENIOR PARLIAMENTARY REPORTER

Following the surge in suspected Satanism activities in the country, particularly in schools, some parents are calling on government to act before “more children fall victim to the mysterious happenings.”

This comes in the wake of recent Satanism scares at Hatcliff Primary school in Harare, another incident at a school in Kuwadzana, and other cases at schools in Macheke and Bulawayo.

“We are limited on what we can do to bring Satanists to book because they are protected by the Witchcraft Suppression Act,” Said Virimai Makuzva, a Budiriro resident in Harare.

“If one believes in God, then there is reason to believe that Satanism does exist,” said Makuzva.

Olina Ncube, a member of the Church of Christ in Bulawayo said: “Yes, Satanism exists and Satanism churches are now sprouting all over the country but I have never witnessed it firsthand. The government should intervene and set up a law against Satanism.”

Kelvin Masiyiwa of Waterfalls in Harare said he was baffled that Satanists targeted school children and suggested the Ministry of Education should begin to investigate such cases at schools.

A Mhondoro resident, Barbara Chiweshe said the problem was proving cases of Satanism at courts.

“I have only read about Satanism in newspapers, but I believe those teachers who give school children bangles, artifacts or money without consent from their parents should be punished,” she said.


Roland Maseko, a catholic from Bulawayo believes Satanism is there.

“It is true that Satanism has mushroomed in the country. Last week there was drama in the marketplace when a snake mysteriously appeared from nowhere and it later disappeared. A white cow also appeared in the same marketplace 3 days ago,” Maseko told NewsDay yesterday.

Father of a Grade One pupil at Hatcliffe Primary school where the Satanism scare happened on Thursday, Lawrence Sherekete said he had temporarily withdrawn his child from school until the issue was solved.

“My child could not go to school today (yesterday) because we are afraid of these Satanism issues. The Witchcraft Suppression Act should be removed because the country is no longer safe,” said Sherekete.

School children running away  from riot  police at Hatcliffe 1 primary school   where the crowd had gathered amid rumour of a satanism phenomenon
School children running away from riot police at Hatcliffe 1 primary school where the crowd had gathered amid rumour of a satanism phenomenon

However, Director of Jesuit Communications in the Catholic Church, Father Oskar Wermter said the Witchcraft Suppression Act could not stop prosecution of perpetrators who committed crimes like ritual murders as other laws could be used against them.

“People have committed crimes like ritual murders after getting orders from Satanic practitioners who say it would bring them good luck. The Witchcraft Suppression Act is only there to protect people from being falsely accused of witchcraft, but other legislations can be used on those who harm others through acts of evil. We have witch hunters going in rural areas causing social unrest and that is what the Act wanted to curb,” Wermter said.

Zimbabwe Council of Churches Chairperson, Reverend Godfrey Gaga said Satanism agents used innocent children to distract people from suspecting anything evil.

“People have to stand their ground and say no to it because we now have too many prophecies that are difficult to understand. Surprisingly some magicians have also turned themselves into prophets,” said Gaga.

Fanas Matura another Bulawayo resident who attends AFM church said: “It is true that Satanism exists and this shows that we are now at the end of the world as predicted in the bible, people should turn to God.”

A Hatcliffe 1 primary school teacher who collapsed after she was beaten up by police who were manning the school gate and blocking more people from getting into the school where the crowd had gathered.
A Hatcliffe 1 primary school teacher who collapsed after she was beaten up by police who were manning the school gate and blocking more people from getting into the school where the crowd had gathered.

However, commenting on the Hatcliffe incident, Harare acting police provincial spokesperson Tarirai Dube urged people to be cautious.

“We urge people to desist from such alarms as it would be difficult to investigate such cases,” she said

12 Comments

  1. Jesus must come back now as he promise

  2. The government must barn all these new churches with profets who are difficult to understand. Where were they before the introduction of multi-currancy. Ndiva vakauya nezvinetswa izvi neminana yavo. How can they create someting from nothing? Zimbabwe is now known of satanism as if the government promotes it. Dont say no to it, destroy it for ever for the sake of our children who are endangered

    1. Christopher Blackwell

      Rumors feeding on rumors, panic being fed by Ministers. Note that no one in the article knew anything first hand. Because nothing is happening. We saw these phony Satanic fears whipped up by extreme Christian ministers back in the 1970s and 1980s, so no they start again with people too young to remember the last time this happened.

  3. i wonder kuti where are we heading as zimbos this never happened in our schooling days , Mwari pindirai in our country, moti vana vopasa kuchikoro kuchiitika zvakadai izvi haiwa.

  4. Murikutya here kududza kuti Makandiwa naAngel maSatanists.ndovarikukonzeresa.tumabangles twavo ngatungobhanwa.basa rekuita rip off vanhu vachitenga maRange rover nemaJaguar.did Jesus ever drive a car???endai kumusha kwaMakandiwa kuDande uko munzwe.

    1. asinhai gazebo. vakuru wavareva vakambouya kumba kwako vachikumbira mari.

  5. Zimbabwe we a in danger. I think we need 2 stand firm and united together in order to fighty this evil. The goverment must burn these false prophets. Yibo amasatanist amakhulu lawa. The bible say ‘they shall be many false prophets….” why this verse is corresponding with their deeds?. Thus were the quation is. Kulamanga okungabantu lokhu.

    1. TRUTH IS TRUTHFUL

      PROPHET MAKANDIWA IS A MAN OF GOD .HE EXPOSES SATANISTS AND THESE SATANISTS CREATES CONFUSION IN THE NAME OF UFI.AND UFIC

      ASK THESE SATANISTS AND WITCHES THEY WILL TELL YOU.IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE GO TO A SANGOMA AND ASK ABOUT MAKANDIWA THEY WILL TELL YOU THEY ARE SEEING FIRE OF GOD

      DON’T BE OVERZEALOUS ABOUT ONLINE COMMENTING.THE BIBLE SAYS TOUCH NOT THE ANNOINTED ONE.IF YOU CONTINUE GOD WILL PROVE TO YOU IN A HARD WAY THAT PROPHET MAKANDIWA AND PROPHET ANGEL ARE MAN OF GOD

      WE HAVE SEEN MAN PEOPLE INCLUDING CLOSE RELATIVES REPENTING AND CONFESSING ABOUT THE COVERING AND POWER OF GOD UPON PROPHET MAKANDIWA WHEN THEY TRIED TO ATTACK US..

  6. Christopher Blackwell

    SIr, I often comment on various articles that cover panic and fear, it is my duty as a human being to do so. How can anyone allow panic to grow and spread? I assume that the media does not want of encourage false panic.

  7. True Mzert.abalunganga laba bantu,yibo amasatanists straights!no question abt it.

  8. t z high time pple strt praying to God n seeking fo his word…t z written in e bible that false prophets shall arise…One thing we must take note of z the fact that when the devil wz thrown away from heaven ,God did not take away his powers …The devil cn perform miracles he can tell a mountain to move and it can move koz he still has his powers he once had wen he was still an angel of light in Heaven …
    WHAT IM SAYING IS THAT PEOPLE WE SHOULD READ THE BIBLE AND FOLLOW UP ON THE SERMONS WE HEAR FROM DIFFERENT PASTORS OR PROPHETS KOZ SOME THINGS THEY PREACH ARE NOT EVEN GOD RELATED BUT WE RE BN OVERSHADOWED BY MIRACULOUS ACTS THAT WE CANT EVEN HEAR OR SEE WR WE ARE HEARDING…THE BIBLE SAES :THEY HAVE EYES BUT THEY CANT SEE….AND THAT MY PEOPLE SHALL PERISH KOZ OF LACK OF KNOWLEDGE BE prayerful guys n dont thnk that evry miracle that takes place is from God …MAY GOD ENLIGHTEN US AND BE WITH US THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME WE ARE HEADED…

  9. MAMWE MAFUNDISI ANEWO GODO NAMAKANDIWA…………………. ZVIMWE HAZVITEEDZERWE……. CHNDINOZIVA KANA PAITA MUSATANIST AITA MBIRI, IMO MUNYIKA MUTORINE VAFUNDISI VANOTOPARIDZA JESU……….. BEGIN TO QUESTION REALLY IF THEMSELVES ARE REAL

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