Male initiation to be monitored

2017-11-03 06:00
PHOTO: siphelele nketoMEC for Co-operative Governance­ and Traditional Affairs Fikile Xasa addresses the community.

PHOTO: siphelele nketoMEC for Co-operative Governance­ and Traditional Affairs Fikile Xasa addresses the community.

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EASTERN Cape MEC for Co-operative Governance­ and Traditional Affairs
(Cogta), Fikile Xasa said government will partner with traditional leaders, communities, SAPS and the National Prosecuting Authority to ensure there are no deaths of initiates in the Eastern Cape as many young boys will undergo customary
circumcision before the end of the
year.

Xasa was addressing the community at a meeting in Matatiele on Tuesday, attended by Matatiele and Mount Fletcher initiation practitioners.

In June, Matatiele and Mount Fletcher initiation practitioners marched against a government law that prohibits under-
age boys from going to initiation
schools.

They want government to allow boys to go to initiation schools from the age of 16, not 18.

Xasa said concerns raised by the initiation practitioners have been noted.

He said the law has yielded positive results because in June only eight initiates died compared to previous years.

“Government is ready to be advised and guided on matters pertaining to safe initiation,” said Xasa.

He also encouraged royal families to strengthen and stabilise traditional
leadership institutions to solve the
existing and remaining traditional disputes.

He called on traditional leaders to end tribalism to build one nation based on the values of a united, non-racial democratic and non-sexist South Africa.

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