Initiation season opens in the Eastern Cape

The summer initiation season in the Eastern Cape has been given the greenlight after a series of consultations. Courtesy of #DStv403

ALICE - The summer initiation season in the Eastern Cape has been given the green light after a series of consultations.

With COVID-19 and strict lockdown regulations in place, things will be done differently this year.

The initiation season was supposed to begin in June but when the pandemic hit, had to take a back seat.

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After months of deliberations over when the season should start, the Eastern Cape government and the House of Traditional Leaders say they're happy with proceedings.

Acting chair of the National House of Traditional Leaders, Langa Mavuso, said so far things are going as planned.

"According to the risk-adjusted strategy that we presented to government we encourage parents to manage circumcision within the COVID-19 protocols," he said.

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The provincial government says COVID-19 testing will be done on initiates and traditional surgeons carrying out the circumcisions.

"Things are happening in the province along those lines to ensure that there is compliance with the requirements in terms of health screening," said Eastern Cape Cogta MEC Xolile Nqatha.

The Eastern Cape is the only province carrying out initiations and the season is set to end just before pupils head back to school.

* eNCA's Nceba Ntlanganiso reports.


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