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.

See the Gazette Notice for further details.(PDF)

(Photo: Ndebele Boys Returning from Initiation School, South Africa, (c) Steven Gerner, Flickr)