Alert / Media Alert

Magic found under football pitch as journalist beaten by fans in Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland Alert
Tuesday 26 November, 2013

The Times of Swaziland, in its daily poll, has asked readers if they “think the use of muti by a football team helps their players of hinders them”?

Muti is a traditional term used in parts of southern Africa. It can be loosely translated to mean “traditional medicine” and is often used in reference to a spiritual form of magic.

In background to its daily poll question, the Times of Swaziland says: “A Times of Swaziland sports reporter was attacked over the weekend at the national stadium by Mbabane Swallows fans after reporting on the alleged use of muti by the team. The use of muti is so widespread in the game that the FIFA-donated artificial turf — worth millions — has been badly damaged by fans and team members ‘burying’ objects under the turf. However, a link between muti and football success has not yet been established.”

Swaziland Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland) condemns all intimidation and violence towards journalists, and calls on the country’s football association to better control fans.

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For comments or queries, please contact:
Vuyisile Hlatshwayo
MISA-Swaziland National Director

Email: misa.nd@realnet.co.sz

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