Chiefs should 'pay' for initiate deaths

2013-07-14 14:00
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Cape Town - Eastern Cape MEC for health Sicelo Gqobana proposed this week that the pay of tribal chiefs and headmen in whose areas there have been initiation atrocities should be docked.

Gqobana proposed that the Eastern Cape provincial house of traditional leaders take greater responsibility for initiation schools, reported the Sunday Times.

This year, the deaths at initiation schools across South Africa sparked outrage as well as renewed calls for tougher regulations. This season’s death toll in the Easter Cape climbed to 30 and another 293 initiates have been hospitalised in facilities around the province.

Gqobana’s proposal includes forcing traditional leaders to explain the deaths and initiation-related injuries. He also wants the schools to be centralised in three Xhosa kingdoms – the Thembu, Pondo and Mpondomise clans.

“Government officials are held responsible for their action or inaction when state monies are involved. Why can’t these headmen, who earn salaries, be held responsible,” he asked.

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