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Cash-strapped Swaziland urged to hike sangoma tax

By Reuters | Dec 10, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 30 ]

A Swazi Member of Parliament has urged the government to hike taxes on traditional healers and witchdoctors to help solve the kingdom's funding crisis

Sangomas pay an annual 10 emalangeni ($1.15) license fee, but MP Majahodvwa Khumalo said they had jacked up their fees fourfold in the last few years and should pay more.

"A majority of our people consult traditional healers but the money they pay to government falls far too short of the money they make," he told parliament.

Swaziland's budget deficit ballooned to 15 percent of its annual economic output in 2010 but the government managed to keep itself afloat by running through central bank reserves and delaying payment of wages to civil servants.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) declined to launch a bailout because of reluctance by King Mswati III, who has at least a dozen wives and a personal fortune estimated at $200 million, to cut royal or military spending.

The IMF has continued to press for reductions to what is officially Africa's most bloated bureaucracy. In an in-depth assessment of the economy published in February, it rated the scope for raising more taxes as "small".

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Hhahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaa witchdoctors taxe hike? Hhahahahaaaaaaa Iyooo bathong

Dec 10, 2012 9:34 | 0 replies

But guys what is the difficulty in overthrowing the Mswati monarch? Followed by Zwelithini bloood sucker, once and start with the democratic processes in that part of the world that boy is lazy and practicing and outdated lifestyle in this hay days no no no somebody lets remove that idiot from lousy power monger people are suffering on the ground

Dec 10, 2012 11:42 | 0 replies

Where're born again community,that's the group can pay for king's stuff you leave our sangomas alone.
Money is nothing to them since Jesus provodes them by blessing them with money and others.

Dec 10, 2012 11:44 | 0 replies

@MommaC.' welcome back to 1811.
This is what our new tribal bill is taking us towards'

What has taxing sangomas have to do with a traditional bill? and its not tribal bill.

Your problem is u are a white person living in Africa, but u think everything of African origin is evil & backwards. U still think u are here to carry out the mandate of the British Empire

Dec 10, 2012 11:45 | 0 replies

Shredder
"traditional healers and witchdoctors"

What are witchdoctors?

Traditional healers are healing people without practicing witchcraft (they don't use body parts to heal human beings).On the other hand Witchdoctors are specialising in witchcraft,they use body parts just like Bapedi.

Dec 10, 2012 11:46 | 0 replies

@Ponko.Fontoyo - Traditional healers are healing people without practicing witchcraft (they don't use body parts to heal human beings).On the other hand Witchdoctors are specialising in witchcraft,they use body parts just like Bapedi.
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Okay, I hear you. But leave Bapedi out of it.

Dec 10, 2012 12:6 | 0 replies

lol, I wonder whats next, tax hawkers maybe, or the guy who is a cattle herder perhaps. Hayi Moswati is n Pudi maan, Swazi people are realy dumb as well why don't they topple this nosense Moswati crap, they should coup this dictator, well I guess they like what he is doing, f@king em over, while he lives in luxury, and his family, with his kids studying overseas, while the children of the fellow country man don't get even a decent education.

Dec 10, 2012 12:28 | 0 replies

LeparaThePresident
They should ask for tax from Mswati 's women. Or even more clear tax Mswati 's D**K.
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You right man, he should start by taxing all his women, as they get a lot of money for doing nothing, all they do is eat, sh!t, sleep, go shopping, eat, sh!t, sleep, talk nonsense, kak, and kak, eat, sleep, and have more kids who are retarded.

Dec 10, 2012 12:35 | 0 replies

..hmmm...wrong move...is he also also going to TAX the sangoma/traditional whatever that supplies him with the aphrodisiac he uses to take care of his domestics affairs...??
then again maybe he is using western medicine...if I were the sangoma supplying him with the "stick-stiffener" and they TAX me as well, I would give him a much stronger one that makes it "permanently" stand before running away and go stay in Chipinge or somewhere in the great lakes...

Dec 10, 2012 12:49 | 0 replies

maditaba

Get a life !

Dec 10, 2012 1:39 | 0 replies

a few weeks back 1 of the wives was here in sa boasting to the south africans how she spends her loot, why don't they start with the wives and the sangomas will be last.

Dec 10, 2012 2:0 | 0 replies