Ancyl: Table Mountain to become initiation spot

The ANC Youth League in the Western Cape claims it has the support of traditional leaders in its proposal to make a portion of Table Mountain National Park available for young men undergoing initiation.

“We have engaged in a very … Read the rest

Witchdoctor accused of abducting youths

An Mpumalanga initiation school owner is accused of abducting and circumcising youths in Machadodorp.

Black initiation schools are run by witchdoctors, known as “traditional healers”.

This is in contravention of the Mpumalanga Ingoma Act which states that no person may … Read the rest

SA performs first penis transplant

South African doctors announced Friday that they had performed the world’s first successful penis transplant, three months after the ground-breaking operation.

South Africa has long been a pioneer of transplant surgery. In 1967, Chris Barnard performed the world’s first heart … Read the rest

13 dead: Mandela’s tribe celebrates annual circumcision rites

Nelson Mandela was very much in favour of his Xhosa tribe’s annual initiation rite during which circumcision for teenage boys takes place in remote rural areas, usually with blunt instruments that are not sterilised.

The current “initiation season” is upon … Read the rest

Premier Modise calls for clamp down on illegal initiation schools after death of two

North West Premier Thandi Modise has called on provincial authorities to clamp down on initiation schools that operate outside the law. This follows the death of two teens at an initiation in Makwaneng near Amalia since Friday.

“Chancers and those … Read the rest