The South African Parliament will soon consider a new Customary Initiation Bill.
The South African Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs gazetted on 16 March 2018 a notice of intention to introduce the Customary Initiation Bill, 2018 in the National Assembly.
The main objectives of the Bill are—
(a) to protect, promote and regulate initiation;
(b) to provide acceptable norms and standards with a view to ensure that initiation takes place in a controlled and safe environment; and
(c) to provide for the protection of life and the prevention of any abuse
Further information, including copies of the Bill and Memorandum, is available on request.
(Photo: Ndebele Boys Returning from Initiation School, South Africa, (c) Steven Gerner, Flickr)