Media Statements

The 2017 Winter Initiation Season has Ended in Some Provinces

The winter initiation season has ended in the majority of Provinces and thousands of initiates who embarked on this sacred path following many before them, have been welcomed back home transformed into matured men and woman.

The Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), congratulates all the initiates, their parents, legal guardians and other stakeholders including all the registered initiation schools for the job well-done.

The Minister of CoGTA, honourable Des van Rooyen expressed his appreciation for the good work that brought success and reduced fatalities compared to last year. “We urge all role players to build on this important progress we have registered during the 2017 winter initiation season as this success means that our work is beginning to bear fruits”, said Minister.

Even as we as celebrate those that are returning home and the overall success of the 2017 season, it is unacceptable that precious lives are still lost during this sacred traditional process.

The lives lost in Provinces:

  • Mpumalanga – 3
  • Western Cape – 2
  • Gauteng – 4
  • Eastern Cape – 7

CoGTA conveys its sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families and communities that have lost loved ones during this season. COGTA will continue working with all role players to deal with issues that were experienced during this season. A number of youth were abducted and forcefully taken to illegal initiation schools.

This practice of abductions is compromising the initiates and their wellbeing as they don’t go through medical checks as required before embarking on this process. The Provincial monitoring teams are hard at work looking at all such issues. It is regrettable that some of this young men have lost their lives as it is the case in Gauteng.

“A lot of work still remains and CoGTA will continue engage and collaborate with traditional leaders and all other stakeholders to create a conducive environment for future successful initiation seasons to be realised”, said Deputy Minister Obed Bapela.



Legadima Leso

CoGTA Communication

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