SA honours its first catholic martyr

Earlier this year Pope Francis accepted recommendations that Benedict Daswa be beatified.

Screengrab of Benedict Daswa from the documentary, 'Tshimangadzo - The Life of Benedict Daswa'. Picture: Youtube

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Catholic Bishops' Conference says about 350,000 people are expected to attend the beatification ceremony of South Africa's first martyr this weekend.

Earlier this year Pope Francis accepted recommendations that Benedict Daswa did indeed die a martyr.

Guests of honour will include the King of Venda, as well as the premiers of Gauteng and Limpopo.

In 1990 Daswa was stoned, beaten and burnt to death in Limpopo for refusing to contribute to paying a witch doctor that would explain who was responsible for the heavy lightning experienced the previous night.

And it's this act that earned him the title of first martyr to be beatified in Southern Africa, 25 years later.

In both his private and public life Daswa took a strong stand in his faith, insisting on rejecting cultural practices that were not aligned to his religious beliefs.

Watch: Tshimangadzo - The Life of Benedit Daswa (full version)