initiation

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.


Rip-off artists are the real threat to koma

Mosibudi Mangena

This sacred community ritual has been subverted and sullied by predatory and deadly opportunists.


[From our archives] The boys who lost their manhood

Mia Malan

As initiation season approaches, we look at what happens when bungled initiations cost boys their penises.