It’s been a week into the winter initiation season and three boys have lost their lives, and Contralesa has accused parents of negligence for falling for illegal initiation schools.
The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) also believe that negligent parents should be criminally liable for their negligence.
“Parents are negligent; in fact, they’re being coerced by their children to go to these illegal circumcision schools,” said Mwela Nonkonyana, The organisation’s Chief.
He added: “We need a provision to make sure that parents themselves must be held liable.”
The organisation is deeply troubled by the deaths because they had assured the public that there would zero deaths when they launched the winter initiation season.
“So far, we’ve got three deaths and all those three are all from illegal initiation schools. They didn’t even follow the traditional and legal route,” explained Nonkonyana.
Police are also investigating a kidnapping case after 21 Gauteng boys, between the ages of 12 and 17 years, were rescued from an illegal initiation school in Pretoria.
Kay Makhubela, the Gauteng spokesperson, said they were investigating case along with the allegations that the families had coughed up more than R2000 before the boys were freed.
“We are going to make sure that all the investigations are completed and those people who are involved in stealing money from people by force are arrested,” said Makhubela.
He also advised parents that if they see their kids are missing to contact the police and report them as missing or abducted.