Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Witches face huge fine for breaking new flying rules in Africa


High-flyers face arrest
HIGH-FLYING witches face arrest and a heavy fine if they break new laws, authorities in Swaziland have said.
Airspace rules in the southern African country have been tightened - and witches who fly above 150 metres face a R500,000 (£35,487) penalty.
Sabelo Dlamini, an official at the Swazi civil aviation authority said: “A witch on a broomstick should not fly above the [150 metre] limit."
No charges are planned for airborne witches who keep below the 150-metre 'ceiling'.
Witches’ broomsticks are deemed similar to any heavier-than-air mode of transport that takes flight.

An airborne Harry Potter
Broomstick ... An airborne Harry Potter

Swazi brooms are short bundles of sticks tied together but without handles.
The new flying laws in the landlocked country follow the arrest of a private investigator who was caught using a toy drone.
He told authorities he was gathering surveillance information after police spotted him flying a mini helicopter with a video camera strapped to it.
Witchcraft is taken seriously in Swaziland where many people believe in the power of black magic.

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