Traditional leader satisfied with safety at initiation schools.

THE president of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa), Kgoshi Lameck Mokoena, has commended parents for playing a vital role in ensuring a smooth initiation period this year.
Mokoena said all initiates safely returned to their homes last week. He also thanked the owners of the initiation schools for working together with other stakeholders from the beginning to the end of the process.
“I am very pleased that all the initiation schools are done and no death or rapes have been reported. That is what we want in all initiations because ‘Dikoma’ bring people together, even those who hardly come home, they do come back during this time to celebrate it,” said Mokoena.
He also thanked the traditional leaders who were hard at work to monitor all the schools as well as the doctors who were present to ensure that the initiates were healthy.
“The good thing about Bushbuckridge is that we do not have illegal initiation schools. I invite other regions to come and learn a few things from us on how to run proper initiation schools without problems,” he said.
An initiation school owner based in Marite, Badnico Mokoena, told NEWSHORN he was happy that all the initiates went back home healthy and safely.
“We have been in the business for decades and we never lost a single initiate, because we are extra careful and we make sure that we keep them safe. That is why people prefer us when it comes to the initiations schools,” said Mokoena.
Ncobile Maphanga could not hold back her tears when her 12-year-old son returned home safely. As a mother it was difficult not to see or talk to her son for weeks while he was in the bush, she said.
“Today we are celebrating because he came home safe and he is now a man, according to our culture. What is important to me is the fact that he came back alive with no scars or anything,” she said.
During the previous summer initiation season, 21 initiates have died while partaking in the ceremony. Seventeen young boys lost their lives in the Eastern Cape while two others died in the North West and the Western Cape respectively.

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