I took exception to this and write a letter which was published today:
Your article in Thursday's paper "Two Life Terms for Rape, Murder of Girl" refers.
I am concerned with High Court Judge Mohamed Ismail's use of the term "burning witches at the stake".
Fortunately for our modern society there are very many men and women with intuition. One could include Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Nelson Mandela, and probably every single woman that I know on this list.
In the Middle and Dark Ages, if you knew something that no one had told you, or if you were a homeopath or a naturopath or a healer, then you were likely to be labelled a witch and burnt at the stake.
There are also very many "witches" in our modern societies who practice wicca and many of them are some of the best healers we have.
I am sickened by the way Mr Maselane (the rapist) brutally raped and then hung and made a fire under a seven-year-old girl, or did this to anyone for that matter, but I think that the judge has misjudged his terminoloy by implying that it is ok to burn witches, or anyone for that matter, at the stake.