Traditional leaders support Table Mountain initiations - ANCYL

2015-07-14 18:30
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Cape Town - The ANC Youth League in the Western Cape claims it has the support of traditional leaders in its proposal to make a portion of Table Mountain National Park available for young men undergoing initiation.

“We have engaged in a very extensive engagement with traditional leaders. We did this because we thought maybe our view might be narrow and we need to include other views,” ANCYL spokesperson Siyabulela Tom said this week.

“It was a very much needed exercise because it put us in a position to engage with some issues we hadn’t considered.”

He said the Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA (Contralesa) supported their cause and call “100%”.

But Contralesa general secretary Xolile Ndevu on Tuesday said it represented at least 8 000 traditional leaders around the country.

He said he was not aware of the youth league’s proposal and directed enquiries to the congress’s provincial chair Aaron Messelaar. Messelaar was not available for comment on Tuesday.

At the start of the month, the youth league said the national reserve was suitable to host initiates from around the province as it was private, mountainous and spacious.

It bemoaned a lack of suitable space for the African tradition.

The protected park land covers around 220km2 in Cape Town and is home to rare fynbos vegetation and international tourist landmarks, Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope.

The league has yet to release details, such as how much space it needs and what portion of land it has identified.

Tom said these details would soon be released.

Both Table Mountain spokesperson Merle Collins and SANParks national spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli said on Tuesday that they had yet to receive an official proposal.

“Like any other stakeholder, we will happily engage with them and look into the matter,” Thakhuli said.

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