The Servant Of God, Benedict Daswa




History of the Life of Benedict Daswa.

Because of his principled and public stance against witchcraft and witchhunts, Benedict Daswa was brutally murdered on 2 February 1990. After dropping a man with a bag of mealie meal at his house, Benedict was on his way home when he found the road blocked by tree logs. He alighted from his vehicle to remove them. Then a rain of stones came from the bushes. Bleeding and injured, he ran across a soccerfield to a nearby dwelling, hoping to escape from his attackers. The mob chased him. Realising he could not escape he asked to kneel down and pray. One of the mob came up from behind, wielding a knobkerrie and struck Benedict a violent blow, crushing his skull. Mortally wounded Benedict fell to the ground. Boiling water was then poured over his head, ears, mouth and nostrils. The opponent of witchcraft was now dead!

  The firstborn of Tshililo Petrus Daswa and Thidziambi Ida Daswa (Gundulo), Tshimangadzo Samuel Benedict Daswa (Bakali) was born on 16 April 1946 in Mbahe Village, 20 km from Thohoyandou. Tshimangadzo (wonder or amazement) was his traditional name, Samuel, the name he was given at birth, Benedict his baptismal name, Daswa his family name and Bakali his Lemba clan name. From the time of his baptism he was commonly known as Benedict.

  Just as GOD said to Samuel, “Listen carefully. I'm getting ready to do something in Israel that is going to shake everyone up and get their attention" (1 Samuel 3:11), Daswa shook his community. He stood against the widespread cultural practice of witchcraft which cost him his life. As the Church has pronounced him a martyr for the faith, he is now one with the “great cloud of witnesses surrounding us" (Hebrews 12:1)

  Benedic’s martyrdom did not come out of the blue. He had led a holy lite. He was a diligent worker, a good family man, a deeply committed educator, an active layman in the parish, an avid sportsman, a leader, in the community, a man of charity, especially to the poor, and above all, a man of deep prayer and spirituality. In short,  Benedict lived a good life and died a holy death in the cause of life.



Prayer To Implore Favours Through
The Intercession Of The Servant Of God, Benedict Daswa


O Blessed Trinity, you filled the heart of Blessed Benedict with great love and zeal in building up your kingdom. You chose him and gave him the courage and the strength to stand up for his faith without fear and to bear witness unto death. 


Loving God, like him, may I always proclaim the truth of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ by the witness of my life. Keep me away from all deeds of darkness. Protect me from evil spirits and all the powers of evil. Make me a true Apostle of Life in my family and in socjety. 


Father, through his intercession, and according to your will, grant me the grace that I ask of you... (State your intention here) I draw strength and courage from the life of Blessed Benedict whom we venerate as an intercessor and model of holiness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Report any fauours receiued to:

 Sister Claudette Hiosan fdnsc

 Address : Ave Maria Pastorał Centre

 PO Box 80 MOOKETSI 0825

 Phone: 015 395 2215 Cell: 076 570 8843



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