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Initiation Bill trips over Contralesa

Amakhosi say they have not been consulted and have been insulted because women are involved

Cogta pleads with parents to check legitimacy of initiation centres

Any parent whose child is harmed, or who has suspicions about the place the child is going, must open a complaint at a police station

Justice failed, says initiates’ father

Two traditional nurses found guilty of mutilating a man’s two sons were given an ‘insulting’ sentence

A letter to my Xhosa fathers and brothers

"I am a Xhosa woman who is raising a Xhosa boy. If this is your manhood, madoda, keep it. Your priorities are very skewed".

Boys endanger manhood to be men

Overwhelming peer pressure drives some youngsters to circumcise themselves

Hope for victims of botched circumcisions

Young men who have lost their penises during initiation may be in line for free reconstruction

Exposing a culture’s wounds

It’s been fêted around the world, but Inxeba’s smashed stereotypes will cause a stir locally

Chiefs: ‘No initiate will die this season’

Traditional leaders believe new government rules will prevent young men from dying this winter.

Rip-off artists are the real threat to koma

This sacred community ritual has been subverted and sullied by predatory and deadly opportunists.

Illegal North West initiation schools closed down

Two illegal initiation schools have been shut down in North West, says the traditional affairs department, while authorities search for the owners.

Initiation school owner guilty of teen deaths

The owner of an initiation school has been found guilty of culpable homicide after the death of an initiate.

Rights of injured initiates violated

The Eastern Cape Department of Health has condemned handlers at an initiation school for denying three injured boys treatment.

Thirty circumcision deaths so far in Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape government has called an emergency meeting after 30 initiates were killed in the summer initiation season so far.

Modise slams illegal initiation schools for ‘undermining our tradition’

Following the deaths of two teenage initiates, North West Premier Thandi Modise has demanded the closure of illegally run initiation schools.

The boys who lost their manhood

During this initiation season, we look back at what happened in 2013 when bungled initiations cost boys their penises.

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