Servant of God - Benedict Daswa
Servant of God Benedict Daswa belonged to the small Lemba tribe among the Venda people in the Limpopo Province in northernmost South Africa.
He became a Catholic while training to become a elementary school teacher. Realizing that common beliefs and practices concerning witchcraft were against his faith, he took a strong stand against them because he believed they led to the killing of innocent people accused of witchcraft activities. Daswa also rejected the use of “muti” for protection against evil or for success in sports or other activities. In 1990 he refused to give money for the purpose of “smelling out” witches. Days later, on Feb. 2, he was stoned and bludgeoned to death. He was killed four months before his 44th birthday. All the indications points to the fact that Benedict Daswa led a holy life and became a genuine martyr for the faith.
Assumption of Mary Church at Nweli in the parish of Sibasa.Servant of God Benedict Daswa helped to build this church of his home village.