Coghsta and department of health gears for 2019 initiation schools

POLOKWANE

Cooperative governance, human settlement and traditional affairs (Coghsta) ’s Limpopo MEC Baisekopo Makamu said there will be no child under the age of 12 years admitted to initiation schools in Limpopo this winter.

“We have had a very successful initiation school season last year and we want history to repeat itself,” said Makamu in Polokwane yesterday.

Makamu praised Limpopo for having recorded no deaths in last year’s initiation school season.

“In spite having admitted the highest number of initiates in the country’s nine provinces last year, the province recorded a zero death rate. We had a total of 50 791 initiates, two illegal schools were shut down and there were no deaths,” said Makamu.

“In an endeavour to continue this record and outclass our contemporaries this year, we will need to abide by the rules and do things by the book,” he said.

Makamu said, according to the rules, no person shall hold an initiation school without a valid permit; no initiate shall be admitted to an initiation school more than five days after the official opening and no person would be allowed to abduct another child for enrolment at an initiation school.

Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba, whose department offered to work hand in glove with Makamu’s department, said her department would ensure that only children with a medical record from a doctor were admitted at schools.

Ramathuba also said the department would dispatch health practitioners to visit the schools in an endeavour to monitor their health conditions.

Thapelo Motseo

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