It isn’t often a respected and serious news and opinion web site like Boggart Blog with pick up a story from a South African tabloid like The Johannesburg Star. This one however is a must read for our pagan followers.
Swaziland makes it illegal for a witch to fly a broomstick above 150m
Witches flying their broomsticks above an altitude of 150 metres in Swaziland’s airspace will be subject to arrest and a hefty fine of R500 000,the African nation’s civil aviation authority, said, according to a report from our African correspondent.
Witches broomsticks are considered similar to any heavier-than-air transportation device that is airborne, the Attorney General of Swaziland, His Excellency The Rev. Mr. Ngwane Swatini Umbongo told media representatives. He expressed concern that high flying witches could stray into air traffic lanes and cause passenger aircraft to crash or turn into pterodactyls which would be bad for the tourist industry.
A witch on a broomstick should not fly above the [150-metre] limit, Civil Aviation Authority marketing and Wirtch Finder – in Chief said yesterday.
No penalties exist for witches flying below 150 metres.
The Jo’burg Star reported it was hard to say how serious he was, but witchcraft isnt a joking matter in Swaziland, where the people believe in it.
When asked if there were also legal restrictions on how high magic carpets could fly the minister said, “Don’t be silly, magic carpets only exist in fairy tales.”
You will be delighted to know this story is not entirely made up. It was picked up by several bloggers and also featured on MSN Now
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