At least 196 coordinators from all police stations in the Eastern Cape province have
been equipped with one vehicle each to ensure that they are able to properly monitor
and police the 2018 Winter Traditional Initiation Season.
winter initiation season has been divided into three categories: before, during
and after the initiation.
began last November when coordinators attended training on how best to monitor
the initiations. Awareness campaigns were also conducted to inform the
initiates and parents on how the law regulates initiation.
the initiation season, SAPS coordinators will be paying regular and random visits
to initiation schools to check for compliance to the act regulating traditional
initiations. Those caught in violation of the Eastern Cape Customary Male
Initiation Practice Act would be arrested.
addition, coordinators would search for drugs, alcohol and illegal weapons that
may be hidden inside traditional initiates' huts. This would be done to eliminate
any possibility of criminals using initiation huts as hideouts. Initiation
Forum members would also be protected while executing their duties when they
were vulnerable to attack.
detectives have been assigned to investigate all initiation-related cases and
tasked with taking all the suspects and linked cases to court for
Averting any harm
partners from Cogta (Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs), the Department
of Health, National Prosecuting Authority, Department of Education, the Office
of the Premier and NGOs within the community will combine forces and resources
to avert any harm and potential danger to Eastern Cape children undergoing
Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga assured the
community that the police will do their best to prevent any deaths and ensure a
safe initiation season.
Last year’s summer initiation season claimed 17 lives across the
The breakdown of deaths is as follows: OR Tambo 9, Alfred Nzo 2, Joe
Gqabi 1, BCMM 1, Chris Hani 1 and Amathole 3. – Health-e News.
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