WEEK IN ONE: Initiation, religious gatherings affected by COVID-19

The Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Nkosazana  Dlamini-Zuma will brief the media on the spread of the coronavirus.

Government has announced several regulations to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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PRETORIA - Initiation season might be suspended this year - if traditional leaders have their way.

Contralesa says the nation must adhere to all measures for containing the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Initiation is a time-honoured cultural practice but the current season seems on the line.

Ikosi Sipho Mahlangu, the chair of Contralesa said, “we will call on traditional leaders to look at if we can suspend initiation this year, COVID 19 spreads more when it’s cold and initiation happens in winter.”

Contralesa says people must adhere to the containment measures outlined by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday.
These include a ban on public gatherings of more than 100 people.

Mahlangu said, “when you have funerals let it be family and few people, even for weddings let it few people and avoid the big events on the weekends.”

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The cultural and religious commission says sanity must prevail.

Professor David Mosoma from the CRL Commission said, “to all our religious leaders, these are critical moments which require an innovative approach and if we don’t do that we will perish like fools.”

There’s a strong emphasis on washing our hands and sanitising them but the big question is, what about people living in water-scarce parts of South Africa.

Sputnik Ratau from the Water and Sanitation Department said, “we know areas that have not been served we know there are areas hit by drought and those are areas that we will drive our attention."

The department says it has to reprioritise funds to ensure that a relief programme is provided as soon as possible.

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