South Africa's first saint?

APRIL 4, 2015

Preparations are reportedly progressing for the much-anticipated beatification of South Africa's first saint at Mbahe Villag,e outside Thohoyandou, in Limpopo. The new saint, Bennedict Daswa, was a devout Roman Catholic who was stoned to death for his beliefs 25 years ago after he refused to contribute R5 to sniff out a witch.

Hundreds of Catholics have embarked on a three kilometre walk from a local cemetery to the church as a commemoration.

Daswa will be beatified on the 13th of September 2015.

“ The committee is in place that will ensure that the event goes well as planned, as we have indicated to be honest the venue might  very small as we are expecting many people from around the world, ” church's co-ordinator Sam Shitlhangu.

The co-ordinator refused to comment on whether Pope Francis will be coming or not.

A Senegalese missionary who is a parish priest of a Catholic church Benoit Gueye at the village has likened the killing of Daswa to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

“What the church is doing is not bringing again the problem of his killing which happened in 1990 and which has brought many problems in the village of Mbahe. What the church is doing is to acknowledge the magnification of his faith; he has put his blood like Jesus who put his blood on the cross innocently.  We are grateful for that because he has given his life for the world and it is a great thing in our faith.”