Cape Town (dpa) – A South African who was stoned and burnt to death
for opposing witchcraft was beatified on Sunday, the first person in
southern Africa to receive this recognition from the Catholic Church.
Benedict Daswa, a school principal from north-eastern Limpopo
province, was beaten, stoned and burnt to death in 1990 by villagers
after he refused to pay a witch doctor to stop major storms in the
Daswa was trying to convince residents the heavy rains were a natural
President Jacob Zuma Sunday told local news agency News24 the
beatification as a “significant moment” for South Africa.
“Mr Daswa lost his life because he believed in human rights and
dignity,” Zuma said.
The beatification, which is a key step towards sainthood, comes less
than three months before Pope Francis will visit Africa for the first
time. The pope is set to travel to Kenya, Uganda and the Central