VILLAGERS from Bhekeni Lot A and Mavholontiya in Ntabazinduna area, Matabeleland North saw a suspected witch “flying” in a winnowing basket in broad day light during a witch-hunting exercise. She was demonstrating how she carried out her nocturnal expeditions.
The witch hunt was reportedly carried out by two witchdoctors believed to have powers to identify witches and those in possession of dangerous muthi, snakes, tikoloshes and goblins for the purpose of amassing wealth.
It is reported that under the influence of their magic, a wizard or witch can be compelled to go and collect his or her charms or animals, he or she keeps for the purpose of bewitching others.
It is alleged that during the exercise, a woman, Pauline Nkomo confessed that she was a witch and volunteered to demonstrate to other villagers how she carried out her evil practices in a winnowing basket.
She also paraded her witchcraft tools comprising a gourd, black cloth and animal skins.