No young person should lose their life during initiation – Ramaphosa

2020-02-25 05:28:00 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has encouraged traditional leaders to work with law enforcement officials to ensure that those involved in the abduction of young men to initiation schools are arrested and charged.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has encouraged traditional leaders to work with law enforcement officials to ensure that those involved in the abduction of young men to initiation schools are arrested and charged.Ramaphosa was speaking at the annual opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament earlier on Tuesday.

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“We need to address the abuse of cultural practices that result in the violation of human rights. Customary initiation is a rite of passage to manhood and adulthood for our young people.“But it has become increasingly infiltrated by unscrupulous people and many young men are being maimed or are losing their lives,” he said.

In December, City Press reported that close to 30 initiates had died in initiation schools in the Eastern Cape, a figure higher than that of 2018.Read: Initiation: ‘Women carry these boys for nine months and we kill them in just eight days’The establishment of the Customary Initiation Bill, which was approved by Cabinet in 2017, aimed to provide for the responsibilities, roles and functions of those involved in initiation practices in order to reduce the death rates of initiates.

The bill “should serve as a critical empowering law to regulate the practice of customary initiation”, Ramaphosa said. Read more: City Press »

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This is where you lose me. City_Press Butchering kids genitals is important. City_Press He must focus in creating jobs end load shedding and growing economy not initiation White people puppet please City_Press Nor from poor education practices, pit toilets, violence, taxi crashes, HIV, undernourishment, poor healthcare etc etc...

City_Press This guy. City_Press They should shut down these initiation schools they are schools of death 😱😠☠️☠️ I continue to wait for a leader who doesn't talk but does things. The one who does miracles. The one who is not afraid to even hold himself accountable. The one who his actions are visible to everyone to see. The one for the people. The one for God.

Yebo! This Law will only exist in paper not in practice, I am sure non of those who are in charge will adhere to this at all. Young boys will continue to die and lose their manhood without anyone held accountable. ramaphosa must unseal the documents to his CR17 campaing. CR17bankstatements

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