In Limpopo, no traditional surgeon is allowed to perform rituals in an initiation school without a certificate of fitness issued by a registered medical practitioner authorised by the Premier in terms of the initiation act.
Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders Chairperson Kgosi Malesela Dikgale has urged parents to chose registered initiation schools to keep children safe and warned that schools not abiding by the law will not be tolerated.
A total of 275 initiation schools have been given permission to operate from June 20 until July 18 this season, say Dikgale who adds that he hopes the province will record another death-free year among registered schools.
He said there will be zero tolerance to people who want to take chances by running initiation schools without permits.
“The department would like to put it on record that any school that starts before the starting date of June 20 will be regarded as illegal,” warned Dikgale.
Initiates will not be admitted to an initiation school more than five days after the commencement of the school. No person is allowed to abduct another for the purpose of taking the abducted person to an initiation school.
Dikgale also urged community members to “work with us to ensure that we prevent the unnecessary loss of lives.”
There are 19 initiation schools that were given permits in Vhembe while Sekhukhune has 85, Mopani 60, Caprocorn 43 and Waterberg has 59.
Leaders added that 36 school applications were declined.
Dikgale says the list of legitimate schools will be published in local media, municipal offices and traditional authority’s offices across the province.