initiation schools

A letter to my Xhosa fathers and brothers

Zukiswa Wanner

"I am a Xhosa woman who is raising a Xhosa boy. If this is your manhood, madoda, keep it. Your priorities are very skewed".


Hope for victims of botched circumcisions

Carl Collison

Young men who have lost their penises during initiation may be in line for free reconstruction


Usable traditions: The queering of Xhosa men’s initiation

Gcobani Qambela

Initiation practices might offer a moment of self-discovery for queer Xhosa men


Exposing a culture’s wounds

Milisuthando Bongela

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


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.