Out of South Africa, parents and officials fear occult-related crime is growing. It certainly is growing in the media!
Occult-related crimes are on the increase across Gauteng, and now police are warning parents to be on the lookout for the telltale signs that their children are dabbling in the dark arts.
The provincial Harmful Religious Practices (Occult Crimes) Unit of the SAPS said it had 78 occult-related enquiries in the past three months, 48 of which were connected to a crime.
Investigator Lieutenant-Colonel Hennie de Jager said his unit had seen an increase of occult-related crimes in Gauteng, particularly among black youth.
“Occult-related crimes are increasing, especially in black areas where boys and girls are promised fame and riches.”
Activities noted include drinking blood, rituals with black candles, stealing body parts and of course, murders that have been linked to magical rituals supposedly to attain power. Mentioned in the story specifically is Satanism but really I see no connection to official Satanism, rather a general connection to “the Devil” in whatever form, whether that be witchcraft, other belief systems, or something completely invented due to Hollywood and pop culture. Here are some examples of the types of crime linked to “Satanism” [sic] or, more accurately, any belief that rituals to an evil entity can gain you power.
I am concerned that as typical happens, bad information is passed around, the stories become warped and rumors grow creating a panic fueled by misunderstanding. That’s never helpful.
And, it’s not only a concern in South Africa.