initiation schools

Exposing a culture’s wounds

Milisuthando Bongela

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

Chiefs: 'No initiate will die this season'

Ina Skosana

Traditional leaders believe new government rules will prevent young men from dying this winter.

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.

Illegal North West initiation schools closed down


Two illegal initiation schools have been shut down in North West, says the traditional affairs department, while authorities search for the owners.

[From our archives] The boys who lost their manhood

Mia Malan

At least 12 boys have died this month in botched traditional circumcisions. We look at what happens when bungled initiations cost boys their penises.