According to this article: “the South African Witchcraft Suppression Act of 1957 makes it illegal for anyone to identify another person as a witch (as this inevitably leads to death or torture) or to instigate what is a called a “witch-sniffing ceremony” (in which someone is called into a community to identify a witch).” In the most recent year for which figures exist, 345 people were convicted of crimes under the Act – in other words of witch hunting!
A database compiled by the South African Pagan Rights ( the names of about 50 people killed over witchcraft between 2010-12.
Amazingly, the reaction of one South African provincial government to these crimes is to try to suppress witchcraft! Not deal with those who peddle hate and kill so-called witches but suppress those practicing religious freedom. The Mpumalanga Witchcraft Suppression Bill is currently in limbo, awaiting a report as to its constitutionality.
In a widely impoverished society like South Africa there are many pressing problems, most particularly lack of jobs and the spread of HIV/AIDS but yet again we see that witch hunting and witch killing still exists even in a relatively modern society and the authorities are struggling to deal with it.