Swaziland, 15 May 2013 – Witches flying broomsticks in Swaziland above 150m (±465’) will be subjected to arrest and a hefty fine of R500 000 (±$60 000,US), civil aviation authorities say. Witches’ broomsticks are considered similar to any heavier-than-air transportation device that is airborne. The same legislation applies to toy helicopters and kites.
“A witch on a broomstick should not fly above the [150m] limit,” Civil Aviation Authority marketing and corporate affairs director Sabelo Dlamini was quoted as saying by The Star. No penalties exist for witches flying below 150m. The report said it was hard to say how serious he was, but the people believe in witchcraft in Swaziland. Swazi witches are known to use brooms to fling potions about homesteads, not for transport.