Initiation schools remain suspended in Gauteng until the end of next year as stakeholders formulate a policy to regulate them.
The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities called for the closure of initiation schools in the province after an increase in the number of young men who were abducted and killed at bogus initiation schools in Gauteng.
Prince George Mahlangu from the Gauteng Traditional Initiation Task Team says they’ve increased security around areas where they suspect people may disobey the order.
He says many of the issues raised by traditional leaders are not initiation issues, they are issues of criminality.
He says, “I think our policy and the subsequent legislation seeks to ensure that we can enforce the law.”
“With the suspension being in place we expect that there will be areas that will still conduct initiation schools and we have identified those areas and put measures in place to prevent initiation happening particularly in the areas such as Sedibeng and Orange farm.”