CRL Rights Commission: Initiation can't be men-only business when boys are dying

The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities says it's now going to investigate the traditional practice of initiation.

More than 500 boys have died at initiation schools since 2006.

CRL Rights Commission chairperson, Thoko Mkhwanaza-Xaluva, says they will investigate causes of deaths and culpability and come up with recommendations to eradicate these deaths.

We are saying who is monitoring the monitors. We are responsible for that as far as the Constitution is concerned. We are supposed to be the last fence in terms of cultural practices being done correctly.

Thoko Mkhwanaza-Xaluva, CRL Rights Commission chairperson

The fact that there is no one in jail right now serving a serious sentence for all these deaths says there is a huge problem.

Thoko Mkhwanaza-Xaluva, CRL Rights Commission chairperson

It's time that we say, as women as well, we will participate for as long as there is a mortuary van and ambulance. It stops being man's business.

Thoko Mkhwanaza-Xaluva, CRL Rights Commission chairperson

Listen to Thoko Mkhwanaza-Xaluva below for more information...


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