First arrests for Eastern Cape initiation deaths

2017-12-17 06:00

At least four people have been arrested in the Eastern Cape following the deaths of 11 initiates barely three weeks into the initiation season.

All initiation activity in Gauteng suspended until 2018

2017-11-21 23:30

The Commission for the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities says all initiation-related activities across Gauteng have been suspended until December 2018.

Nakhane reacts to death threats over new movie

2017-08-27 09:00

A movie about Xhosa initiation rituals has caused an outpouring of rage directed at its lead actor, but he says he has no regrets.

Editorial: At last – a big success for Eastern Cape

2017-07-30 05:51

It is a stunning success in a province that is not exactly known for its stunning successes.

Two dead, 25 injured in Eastern Cape initiation school fire

2017-06-25 16:21

Two initiation school nurses have been hailed as heroes after helping save lives during a fire in which two teenagers died, the Eastern Cape health department says.

Not enough outrage about initiate deaths - CRL

2017-03-08 22:42

South Africans are not angry enough about the growing number of deaths at initiation schools across the country, the CRL Rights Commission has said.

CRL Commission to probe initiation deaths

2017-02-15 20:15

CRL Rights Commission will establish the reliability of statistics released by initiation schools as part of an investigation into the deaths of initiates in six provinces.

‘State doesn’t care about the safety of initiates’

2016-12-04 06:50

The head of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders has slammed national government for doing too little to prevent the deaths of initiates.

Cogta to establish rescue centres for initiates

2015-12-10 08:30

The Eastern Cape Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department says it will be establishing rescue centres because of the rising number of initiate deaths.

Initiation: Government wants to do away with traditional surgeons

2015-09-09 10:54

The government is considering banning traditional surgeons from performing circumcisions and only allowing qualified medical doctors to perform the surgeries in an effort to curb the number of deaths and injuries of initiates.


Tough talk as initiation season starts

2017-12-03 06:00

Nkosi Mwelo Nonkonyana is determined to ensure that the unnecessary deaths of initiates in the Eastern Cape become a thing of the past.

CRL Rights Commission releases initiation deaths report

2017-11-21 21:37

The Commission for the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities has released its report into the deaths and injuries at initiation schools.

Newsmakers: Death toll plunges

2017-07-30 05:55

Fikile Xasa has two grandsons who will be undergoing traditional initiation in the next few years. So he hopes that the scourge of initiate deaths comes to an end, not only for the sake of the children he loves, but for society at large.

Family hopeful for answers following teen son's disappearance

2017-07-18 11:38

Four years after 15-year-old Liyabona Makana disappeared from a Phakamisa initiation school, his parents have asked police to reopen their investigation to find their missing son.

272 initiation schools set to open in Limpopo

2017-06-23 10:42

At least 272 initiation school will be opened this season in Limpopo.

Young initiate still missing, believed dead, 4 years later

2017-03-07 19:12

Four years after disappeared at an initiation school, a teenage boy is still missing and believed to have been beaten to death, an investigation into the cultural practice has heard.

‘Initiates died from the heat’

2016-12-18 06:04

Death toll nears 20 as initiation season claims a family’s last-born son

Two initiates die in Mpumalanga

2016-06-07 14:51

Two initiates have died in Mpumalanga since the start of the winter season, the traditional affairs department says.

8 initiates die in first week of new Eastern Cape season

2015-12-04 14:01

Eight initiates have died from botched circumcisions in the first week of this season in the Eastern Cape, the province’s health department has confirmed.

Eastern Cape initiation deaths up to 29

2015-07-23 15:06

The Eastern Cape winter initiation season death toll, initially pegged at 28, has risen to 29, the provincial health department says.

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