The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has called for initiation schools to be regulated.
“We believe these deaths are unnecessary and can be avoided. The ANCYL calls on government and traditional leaders to develop a national framework to regulate initiation schools,” league spokesperson Bandile Masuku said in a statement today.
The league proposed all initiation schools be registered with the health department and subjected to stringent registration processes.
“(The registration should) include, among other requirements, the presence of experienced traditional surgeons and the utilisation of safe, modern, and sterile equipment.”
The league believed in preserving cultural practices, but took strong exception to the deaths of young people due to greed and carelessness.
On Friday, an initiation school owner in Limpopo was granted bail after he allegedly shot a 17-year-old initiate, police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.
Kgoshi Komane Motshana allegedly shot and wounded the sleeping boy at GaMotshana near Burgersfort.
“Motshana was arrested that day and was granted R2 000 bail,” Mulaudzi said.
He said the gun allegedly used was seized. Motshana was charged with attempted murder and would be back in the Tubatse Magistrates’ Court on August 30.
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