By: Natasha Archary
After a series of unexplainable occurrences on Wednesday’s Kaya Drive, the team opened up the conversation about witchcraft in the workplace.
The team were left exasperated after the phone lines were down throughout the show and then thanks to Murphy’s Law the lines were back up as the show was ending. Keneiloe Huma felt lightheaded whenever she entered the studio and then was fine when she went back to her desk. Was it all in her head?
Maybe. Then again, maybe not as the possibility of witchcraft in the workplace may not be that far-fetched.
Case of witchcraft in the workplace
In 2016, a case was taken to the National Bargaining Council where a South African employee used ‘muti’ to intimidate, scare and threaten his colleague.
The young woman found a black gummy substance on her car handle and a block of the same substance was placed under her tyres. She found this strange because her car was clean that morning and she sensed something was off.
When she described the substance to a traditional healer and it was found to be “stap stap”, which is made from the fat of different types of animals and various muti, and was intended to cause harm to the female colleague.
The Commissioner considered the right to participate in the cultural choices contained in section 30 of the Constitution and noted that “[a]ll aspects of African cultural beliefs, including witchcraft and the belief in supernatural forces, such as the ancestors, has to be recognised and endorsed.”
It was found the company’s dismissal of the employee who used the muti was justified as his actions were to intimidate, scare and threaten his colleague.
Minister Kevin L A Ewing talking about the realities of witchcraft in the workplace:
Kaya Drive listeners shared their opinions on witchcraft in the workplace:
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