Initiation Watch

December 16, 2016

Trollip’s initiation school visit ‘undermined our culture’

Nelson Mandela Bay Metro mayor Athol Trollip has caused an outcry for visiting initiation schools in Uitenhage and Motherwell where he addressed initiates.
December 13, 2016

Initiate death toll hits 12

Last week, Eastern Cape Health MEC Dr Pumza Dyantyi said 10 initiates had died since the summer initiation season began on ­November 18.
November 20, 2016

Initiation season starts

Eastern Cape’s department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs and the province’s House of Traditional Leaders launched the summer initiation season in Queenstown on Friday.
November 29, 2016

Law gets tougher over initiation

Those responsible for the death of boys in initiation schools across the Eastern Cape will finally face the full might of the law – and a possible 25 years in jail.
November 28, 2016

Initiation: ‘MaChicken’ is unrepentant

Despite doing jail time for causing harm to countless initiates, ‘MaChicken’ still circumcises boys as young as 10.
November 20, 2016

‘My penis fell off'

After seven days of torture at an illegal initiation school in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape, Khaya’s* penis had to be amputated.
November 20, 2016

Maimed for life

Initiation season in the Eastern Cape starts on Friday, City Press and its partners have launched an online tool to help keep initiates safe. Two initiates told Lubabalo Ngcukana how their lives were shattered after what was supposed to have been a spiritual path to manhood
June 22, 2015

Initiation: Boys regret ‘stupid mistake’

Unathi* (15) was so eager to “be a man” that he sneaked off to get circumcised without his parents knowing.
July 12, 2015

Initiation: They sang while my son was beaten to death

Cinga Maphetshane was beaten to death while his friends sang.
July 24, 2016

Manhood for the youngest Mantashe

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe celebrated the safe return of his son Kamva from the initiation school in his village of Lower Cala, Eastern Cape, along with hundreds of villagers, family and friends.
June 2, 2016

Parents who send kids to illegal initiation schools are criminals – chief

As the winter initiation season gets under way, Nkosi Sipho Mahlangu is determined to ensure the safety of the young men who attend initiation schools, and has said that parents who send their children to illegal initiation schools should be held liable.
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February 18 2018