Contralesa disappointed at government’s exclusion of initiations under Level 2 lockdown

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The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) says it is disappointed that government has decided to reopen most of the sectors of the community except initiation schools.

Under lockdown Level 2, initiation practices are still prohibited.

Contralesa president, Chief Mathupa Mokoena, says they have now decided to consult the Kings and Queens of different tribes to decide on the way forward as the government is not consulting them on what to do.

Mokoena says, “All we have decided to do now as the Contralesa leadership because we are now on our own, they can open gyms and all these other sectors but forget about us, we’re taking this issue to the owners who are our Kings and Queens, our traditional leadership, the leadership of Contralesa and all the NGO’s and sectors who support this practice, to tell us what must we do now because the summer season is around the corner and what’s going to happen since nobody is saying anything about us, it means we’re on our own”

Contralesa disappointed that under Lockdown Level 2, initiation practices are still prohibited

Under Lockdown Level 2 initiation practices are still prohibited. Disaster Management Act section 57. (1) states that for the duration of the national state of disaster:

  1. male and female initiation practices are prohibited;
  2. a person may not arrange or hold an initiation school or conduct an initiation practice;
  3. a prospective initiate may not attend an initiation school;
  4. an owner of land may not provide consent for the use of his or her land for the holding of an initiation school; and
  5. a traditional surgeon or medical practitioner may not perform circumcision as part of an initiation practice.

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