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Notice ID: 15347

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Posted: December 2nd., 2007

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The Melville Mandate - South Africa

Proclaimed by: Damon Leff
Proclaimed from: Hoogekraal - southern Cape, South Africa


Proclamation...

In September 2007 South African Pagans elected five self-defined Witches to act as representatives, under the auspices of the South African Pagan Council (SAPC) , in order to fulfill what has become known as the 'Melville Mandate'.

Said representatives have secured the legal services of Lawyers for Human Rights in order to have the Witchcraft Suppression Act of 1957 revoked. We are fairly confident given the protections afforded to religious minorities in our country's constitution that we will succeed in having said act revoked in due course.

The 'Melville Mandate' also seeks to reclaim the terms 'Witch' and 'Witchcraft' within a modern Pagan context and representatives have been tasked with fulfilling the goal of reclamation through various educational and other processes, including the possible establishment of a formal Commission of Enquiry to investigate ongoing violence against innocent persons accused of practicing malefic witchcraft.

South African Witches regard harmful stereotypical definitions of Witchcraft as injurious to the dignity of self-defined Witches and the use of the terms 'witch' and 'witchcraft' to describe criminal activities as harmful discrimination against self-defined Witches. The use of the English term 'witchcraft' with which to describe harmful magical practices brings into disrepute anyone who may self-identify as a Witch, irrespective of whether or not said self- defined Witch is a European Pagan or a practitioner of Traditional African magic.

The 'Melville Mandate' seeks to reclaim the terms 'Witch' and 'Witchcraft' within a modern Pagan religious context and determines that the right to define the words ‘Witch’ and ‘Witchcraft’ rests with self-defined Witches themselves and no one else.

As self-defined Witches we stand as testimony to the existence of both Witches and Witchcraft, but we wish to reiterate that we are neither evil nor criminals. As Witches, as practitioners of Witchcraft, we claim the right to self-definition and self-determination of our own spirituality and its practices. As equal citizens of South Africa we claim our right to freedom of belief and religion.

We will not give up our right to self-definition and self-determination.

Viva Reclamation !

For more information visit the following websites:

TouchStone Advocacy
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6416194117
Advocacy Blog: http://mynewsblogs.24.com/touchstone

South African Pagan Rights Alliance (SAPRA)
http://www.paganrights.net

The South African Pagan Council (SAPC)
http://www.pagancouncil.co.za

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