MBABANE: Swaziland is cracking down on high-flying witches by banning them from flying above an altitude of 150 metres.

Anyone caught flying a broomstick above the limit faces arrest and a hefty fine of about £35,000, the country’s civil aviation authorities said this week.

“A witch on a broomstick should not fly above the limit,” corporate affairs director Sabelo Dlamini reportedly told The Star newspaper.

Witchcraft is taken seriously in Swaziland where many people believe in the power of black magic. Last year a leading Swazi MP called for a hike in tax paid by witch doctors to help ease the country’s financial crisis.               –WO