Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
24 Dec 2021
4:31 am

Initiate deaths due to commercialisation of the cultural practice – CRL

Brian Sokutu

The CRL, which has held a series of meetings with government officials and traditional leaders on the Eastern Cape crisis, has proposed a 10-point intervention

(Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Thulani Mbele)

With the death toll from botched circumcisions in the Eastern Cape rising to at least 34 initiates, the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) has stepped in, proposing a 10-point plan calling for the closure of illegal initiation schools. Initiation of boys into manhood has annually turned deadly in some Transkei regions of the Eastern Cape, with CRL chair Prof David Masona, yesterday saying the deaths were due to human negligence and the commercialisation of the cultural practice. “We have come to the crossroad. No nation commits genocide to its...