We’ve all seen lists of some of the strange and outdated laws that exist around the world, but this one may top them all. In Swaziland, there’s apparently a law that regulates how high a witch may ride into the sky on her broom. And the magic number is about 450 feet.
In Swaziland, witches are forbidden to fly their broomsticks higher than 150 meters, and if they do, they are subject to arrest and a fine of R500 000 ($55,000 USD).
Though it seems like a joke, witchcraft in the African country is taken seriously.
Civil Aviation Authority marketing and corporate affairs director Sabelo Dlamini forbid witches from flying high in the skies…An effort to reduce the spread of HIV by circumcising men in the country failed mainly because citizens believe witches might use the skin for dark purposes.
“Criminals are known to seek ‘strengthening’ potions made with human body parts. Killings associated with ‘ritual murder’ routinely correspond with national elections. Victims, usually children or older people, are found with body parts missing.”
Well it does make sense. If they were to drop a house on someone from higher than 150 meters, it could do some real damage.