Many of us would assume ritual killings have long gone extinct, but in our newly named Eswatini we have to live through such grossness every four years.
Reading about people being missing, and then later being found with missing body parts is not a new thing. It is a lived nightmare for the parents and relatives of these victims. And it is no surprise that a majority of these killings are being done on women, on children, the very same minority groups that are already suffering in the hands of abuse.
The rife killing of women that has been on a steady rise in the recent decade has been attributed to men killing women mostly because they fail to navigate their way around rejection, among other reasons.
And now, those same people can’t accept the possibility of losing because that would mean the people have rejected them. It is scary the lengths men will go to just because of rejection.
Women are said to be weak because they are emotional, but I don’t see them going on a killing spree just because they’ve been rejected by a lover, or because they want to win national elections.
A murderer or rapist is more likely to be seen roaming the streets after having committed the crime but in this case, a murderer will go on to represent the same people whose child they murdered to get to that office.
We can’t ignore that a lot of missing person cases are coming to the fore, which begs the question - how many of our honourable Members of Parliament are actually honourable? Where is the honour in using ritual killings to get into office?
In a country where traditional beliefs still have influence, it is not uncommon to draw a link between the killings and the ambitions of aspiring candidates for the upcoming elections. Some of these people are ready to do anything to keep their seats, and aspiring ones will follow suit.