Traditional leaders appealing the decision of prohibited initiation practices under the new lockdown regulations
Initiation practices are still prohibited under the new regulations for alert level two. The easing of some sector’s regulations brought about frustration to traditional leaders, parents and those who were supposed to perform the ritual as it is still prohibited.
The initiation into manhood which is known as ‘Ulwaluko’ is a sacred cultural practice done by some South African tribes to prepare young boys for the responsibilities of manhood. This tradition is practiced during the summer and winter season when schools are closed.
Due to the pandemic the winter season initiation was suspended in order to curb the spread of the corona virus at the initiation schools.
In an interview with the SABC, the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa provincial chairperson, Mkhanyiseli Dudumayo said they are planning to meet with the government about this decision.
“We are appealing to the state to come closer to us to engage in preparing for the summer season because on the ground people are starting to run out of patience in terms of waiting for government to announce when it can be done since it was prohibited.
Dudumayo also said they are asking the president to allow preparations for the next season so that they will not be caught off guard and will be able to adhere to the health regulations and not disrespect the authorities.
Nombulelo Bara, who is a parent, mentioned how peer pressure might cause these young boys to make reckless decisions.
“I hope the government will allow initiation to take place because I fear that these boys will end up going to illegal initiation schools to get circumcised because of peer pressure, some of them will not be able to handle the pressure might even commit suicide, she said.