There is a definite groundswell of devotion to Blessed Tshimangadzo Samuel Benedict Daswa among Catholics and many others of various faiths in this Diocese and elsewhere in Southern Africa, as well as in many other countries around the world. There has been public support for Blessed Benedict’s unequivocal opposition to witchcraft, which was strongly emphasized by His Excellency, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his speech at the Beatification. The Diocese is confident that this support and devotion will grow significantly in the coming years.

Mr Gabriel Malaka, a member of the Daswa Shrine Development Committee, has written an article on the issue of ritual killings, witchcraft and the positive impact that the “Blessed Tshimangadzo Samuel Benedict Daswa Shrine” will have on the people of the Vhembe Region, the rest of Limpopo and on Africa in general. A copy of his article is included on page 30.

The first Feast Day of Blessed Benedict Daswa was celebrated on the Tshitanini site, attended by a sizable crowd on Monday 1st February 2016.