initiation

Queer – and proud to be Xhosa

Carl Collison

The furore over the film Inxeba has cast a light on men who are gay but deeply committed to their culture


Exposing a culture’s wounds

Milisuthando Bongela

It’s been fêted around the world, but Inxeba’s smashed stereotypes will cause a stir locally


What will save us?

Fumbatha May

"What is the bro code for learning, unlearning and relearning humanity? Must we be called ugly and trash before we begin to see the light?"


​Actor Nakhane Touré fends off hate speech over controversial new film

Carl Collison

'The Wound' tackles the unspoken issue of sexuality and tradition in a film about Xhosa initiates.


The boys who lost their manhood

Mia Malan

During this initiation season, we look back at what happened in 2013 when bungled initiations cost boys their penises.