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Initiation Bill trips over Contralesa
Initiation Bill trips over Contralesa
The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) has denounced Parliament’s committee holding public hearings on the Customary...
Cogta pleads with parents to check legitimacy of initiation centres
Cogta pleads with parents to check legitimacy of initiation centres
Parents have been urged to verify the legitimacy of the places they send their sons for the circumcision rituals being conducted during the winter...
Justice failed, says initiates’ father
Justice failed, says initiates’ father
As many Xhosa parents do, Nelisile Nongqa sent his sons to initiation school in the belief that “every Xhosa boy should go through this ritual”...
Queer – and proud to be Xhosa
Queer – and proud to be Xhosa
Lubabalo Mabona* remembers the night vividly.
A letter to my Xhosa fathers and brothers
A letter to my Xhosa fathers and brothers
In 2010 before the World Cup, I and nine other writers travelled to eKoloni for four days to donate books and talk literature with the audience, a...
Hope for victims of botched circumcisions
Hope for victims of botched circumcisions
It was a cruel twist of fate when Vuyo Skosana left his home in the Eastern Cape town of Lusikisiki in the hope of entering adulthood, only to...
Exposing a culture’s wounds
Exposing a culture’s wounds
More than being just an expository foray into a culture’s sacred rites and rituals, award-winning South African film Inxeba — The...
Chiefs: 'No initiate will die this season'
Chiefs: 'No initiate will die this season'
The National House of Traditional Leaders is adamant that a new government policy will result in "no initiate dying this season [May - July]". The policy was approved by Cabinet in April.  ...
Rip-off artists are the real threat to koma
Rip-off artists are the real threat to koma
I went through koma (circumcision) in 1957 at the age of 10. Fifty-eight years later, I still look back at the event with fondness and...
Illegal North West initiation schools closed down
Illegal North West initiation schools closed down
Two illegal initiation schools, in Agisanang and Delareyville, were closed on Saturday, spokesperson Dineo Lolokwane said.
The boys who lost their manhood
The boys who lost their manhood
It was day 25 and Xhobiso Pungulwa* (18) slowly pushed himself up in his bed. He asked a nurse for a plastic Ziploc bag, the transparent type used...

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