House of traditional leaders and executives of command council had taken robust decision by suspending this year initiation school. According to Kgoshi Malesela Dikgale the decision was made in the best interest of initiates, and to protect human life in general.
“All traditional leaders, traditional surgeons and traditional health practitioners should adhere to the decision and focus on the fight against covid-19,” said the chairperson of the house of traditional leaders, Malesela Dikgale.
Chairperson said the decision was taken as results of the lockdown and limitation on gathering to decrease the spread of covid-19.
“If we had continued with the initiation school, the number of school holiday days and the initiates that could attend would not have been worth the while,” Dikgale explained.
“The school holidays have been reduced to a much shorter period, too short for the period the school are to be held, and due to the lockdown, we may not gather in numbers and host workshops for the traditional leaders,” he said
Dikgale said house of traditional leaders receives 39 applications for schools to be conducted in June, which would amount to an expected 40 000 initiates partaking in the schools.
“Leader only has the chance to conduct an initiation school once every three to four years, as we have 185 leaders in the province, and not all can be accommodated to run a school every year,” said Dikgale
“Some leaders still hope it can take place, as their culture is important to them. Except for workshops that cannot be conducted, permits would not have been heard in time after the lockdown has come to an end,” he said.
Dikgale explained how the decision was taken: “The executive and was communicated to the committee of the house of traditional leaders and Nyangas (traditional; doctors) after which it was to be discussed with all traditional leaders, but because of the lockdown this meeting could not take place,”
He called on all South African to stay at home, avoid public space and all social activities during the national lockdown period.