Witch-hunting a widespread problem: Sapra

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Johannesburg, 19 March 2016 - Government needs to do more to educate communities about witch hunting. That's the call from the South African Pagan Rights Alliance. A 14 year old girl from Limpopo, is living to tell the tale.

BUDELI VILLAGE, Limpopo - Government needs to do more to educate communities about witch-hunting.

That&39;s the call from the South African Pagan Rights Alliance (Sapra).

Although there are no statistics to show how many people are falsely accused of being witches, Sapra says the problem is widespread.

"Witchcraft accusations are usually a blame for misfortune, unexpected deaths and illnesses or financial difficulties and you have the blame shifted on the accused witches," said Francisco Fanarola.

"It is mainly targeted at older women, so definitely a gender-based violence."

A 14-year old girl from Limpopo is living to tell the tale.

She says she doesn&39;t know how it feels to be loved by a parent.

The girl will continue staying at a care centre until a court decides later this month where her permanent home should be. 

* Watch the full video report by Zikhona Tshona in the gallery above.