- Tshimangadzo Samuel Benedict Daswa
Married layman in the diocese of Tzaneen, South Africa. Member of the Lemba tribe, called “Black Jews” because they followed Jewish laws and traditions. Converted to Catholicism in 1963 and became very active in the Church. Teacher, catechist and worked with local youth; he combined all these works by checking on students who missed class, and helping their families when money ran low. Helped build the first Catholic church in his area. Principal of his school, popular local leader, and advisor to area civil authorities.
When his village was beset by a series of strong storms in late January 1990, the elders decided it was due to magic, and demanded a tax from all the residents to pay for magic to counter them; Benedict said storms were a natural phenomenon, and he wasn’t paying anything to support anti–Christian superstition. Murdered by a mob for refusing to support the witchcraft plan.
- beaten, stabbed and boiling water poured over him on 2 February 1990 in Mbahe, Limpopo, South Africa
- 13 September 2015 by Pope Francis
- recognition Mass at Thohoyandou Venda in Limpopo, South Africa, Cardinal Angelo Amato SDB, chief celebrant
God, into your hands receive my spirit. – Benedict’s last words
- “Blessed Benedict Daswa“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2016. Web. 30 March 2017. <>