16th October 2020
Initiation Schools, which were suspended due to COVID-19 have been given a go-ahead by the president of Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa, Kgoshi Lameck Mokoena.
According to Contralesa, one of the main reason to reopen schools is so people will not take advantage of and open illegal and unsafe schools.
“We are doing this to avoid having illegal schools. Illegal schools will self-circumcise which is very dangerous. We have taken this decision being sober in our minds, to say all those people to be given permits to run initiation schools will have to adhere to the protocol as stated by our regulations.” Kgoshi Lameck Mokoena said.
While safety has become people's concern about Initiation schools, many still find it relevant as part of the culture.
Kgoshi Lameck Mokoena said that every school will enforce COVID-19 regulations and maintain measures set by the government.
He also suggested that schools start in the December season.