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Traditional initiation practices remain suspended by government

Article by Nkosazana Nkosi

The House of Traditional Leaders in the Eastern Cape want the government to lift the ban on traditional initiation – which is sacred cultural practice that enables young men to transition into manhood.

According to Nkosi Langa Mavuso, the acting chairperson of the house, the lift on the ban will prevent illegal schools from resurfacing.

In his meeting with minister of health, Zweli Mkhize and EC MEC Sindiswa Gomba, Mavuso assured the government officials that the initiation schools will adhere to COVID-19 regulations.

Unfortunately, the government doesn’t agree with the traditional leaders, as they keep the traditional initiation process suspended in a bid to mitigate against the exposure and contraction of COVID-19.

Minister of health, Zweli Mkhize, stressed his worry about the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, especially in the Eastern Cape – hence the suspension makes sense so lives can be protected.

“As a country, we are urged to remain vigilant and do more to contribute to the fight against Covid-19 and to protect initiates from exposure to this unrelenting brutal virus. Our resolve to continue with the suspension will go a long way to set South Africa on course to defeat Covid-19 which still a major cause of deaths across the country as numbers have been rising at an alarming rate. To this end, it is deemed necessary to temporarily maintain the suspension of the initiation practices,” the department of COGTA said in a statement.

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