A challenge setting witchdoctors against one another in a skirmish of aptitudes this end of the week in eSwatini — some time ago known as Swaziland — has been restricted, as indicated by an administration articulation.
Coordinators had wanted to hold the challenge in Manzini, the second city of eSwatini, a landlocked nation in southern Africa led by Ruler Mswati III, one of the world's last total rulers.
"The proposed challenge of black magic and enchantment spells was incredible in the nation and it was viewed as an oddity in the lives of the general population of eSwatini," government representative Percy Simelane said in an announcement.
"Government won't authorize any challenge of that nature. Any individual who will endure with any action identified with black magic will confront the full may of the law."
The announcement, discharged on Tuesday, said the Black magic Demonstration of 1889 characterizes black magic, divination or the act of voodoo as a culpable offense.
"Government can't kick back and watch while the lives of the residents of this nation are presented to unlawful and bizarre practices that can possibly harm the brains of (Swazi individuals), particularly kids," Simelane included.
"Government won't permit the voodoo rivalry — period!"
eSwatini has a populace of 1.3 million individuals, with many after Christianity and indigenous convictions.
The Seasons of Swaziland on Wednesday cited "Africa Gama", the coordinator of the occasion, as saying the challenge would have set witchdoctors against customary healers as under the past lord Sobhuza II, who passed on in 1982.
"The Lord was worried about superfluous challenge among healers so he called them to one spot with the goal that they could show their forces," he said.
"I was rivaling customary healers, specialists, and prophets from over the world."