The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Public Health Portfolio Head, Cllr Thsonono Buyeye, led an oversight visit on Tuesday, 29 June 2022 to the Walmer Township initiation school where scores of initiates are undergoing the rite of passage to manhood.
During the visit, MMC Buyeye said that he was happy with the report he received from traditional and community leaders that very few challenges had been experienced since the initiation season started on 17 June 2022.
He said by conducting the site visits, the City was ensuring smooth operations and the safety of initiates.
"Their safety is our main priority. We want to ensure that there are no wrong or criminal activities taking place at these initiation schools. We have met with the members of the initiation forum in Walmer Township and discussed the current challenges extensively. We agreed on a number of issues. We are grateful to the parents who do not neglect their children when they come here.”
"As the City we are still committed to play our role in water provision, doing monitoring, clearing the sites and coordinating the forum in partnership with all the roleplayers. The South African Police Services is also working closely with us and committed to visit these schools daily. We are conducting all these visits to ensure that no life is lost again in our City, as we are one of the regions that is trusted with safe initiation seasons,” said Buyeye, adding that no death had been reported in the City so far.
Initiates were encouraged to refrain from the use of social media while undergoing their rite of passage to manhood due to the spread of fake news which could affect their wellbeing.
Chief Zolile Solwandle of Amandlambe said that traditional leaders were grateful for the NMBM’s interventions and support, as the issue of initiation was a societal matter.
"We want to encourage fathers in society to monitor and visit their sons at the schools. This is a school: if we don’t monitor them, our children tend to not fully grasp the teachings of manhood. As parents we must look out for their safety and ensure they do not take drugs while they are here. We are working with the SAPS to ensure that our children stay away from drugs. They must come out of the initiation schools alive and able to contribute positively to society,” Chief Solwandle said.
Issued by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications Office.
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