For most people, the idea of witchcraft is absurd. However, the novel Welcome to Our Hillbrow depicts how traditional societies in Africa believe in witchcraft and use it to understand the certain events such as the spread of diseases and sudden deaths of individuals. An obvious example would be Refentse’s mother who was tortured, shunned and murdered by her own community, based on sympathetic assumptions.
The following video, outlines how witchcraft (today) is perceived and handled in several African countries. Laws have been placed to limit and control black magic. Also, organizations that aid witches who have been chased out of their own communities are in arranged to facilitate change.
Will the belief in witchcraft fade away? Does witchcraft suggest the weakness of people and the government towards the plague?