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Stigma regarded as main reason young boys go to illegal initiation schools

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Abakhwetha (initiates) from Jarha village near Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape attend an initiation school that will turn them from boys to men. Picture: Oupa Nkosi
Abakhwetha (initiates) from Jarha village near Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape attend an initiation school that will turn them from boys to men. Picture: Oupa Nkosi

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Stigma in some communities is the reason many young boys feel under pressure to attend illegal traditional initiation ceremonies – even going as far as risking their lives by refusing to be rescued when things go wrong.

During each initiation season, forums that monitor initiation schools (amabhoma) have their work cut out visiting schools and shutting down illegal ones that are run by unscrupulous and bogus ingcibi (traditional surgeons) who are not registered with the department of health.

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