The Acting Chairperson of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders (ECHTL) Nkosi Langa Mavuso thanked the people of the Province for heeding the government’s call to suspend ulwaluko in winter season of 2020.

Speaking during a consultation session in Bhisho yesterday, Nkosi Mavuso said Eastern Cape communities are ready and prepared to take their boys to the bush in December. He added that religious and other community gatherings have been allowed under the regulations of alert level 1, except for ulwaluko. He said to suspend the traditional initiation summer season will be to deny people their Constitutional right to enjoy and practice their culture.

Nkosi Mavuso said the House have crafted a Risk Adjusted Strategy (RAS) to prevent, mitigate and combat challenges associated with Covid 19 during the summer season.

The session, he said was called to afford key stakeholders an opportunity to empower the RAS to guarantee the safe passage of the boys to manhood.

The attendees to the consultation session were representatives from the EC Provincial House, Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA (Contralesa), Inkolo kaNtu, SA Council of Churches (SACC), Chairpersons of Local Houses of traditional leaders, Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM) and members of the District Initiation Forums. Key partners Right to Care and Society for Family Health were also present.

Nkosi Mavuso added that the consultation process is to canvass the views and suggestions of key stakeholders to mitigate risks associated with Covid 19

towards the reopening of the summer traditional initiation season.

“We will be committing suicide if we do not open the summer season of ulwaluko. The rite of passage to manhood belongs to the families, traditional leaders and communities. We request our government to open the summer season to avoid the mushrooming of illegal amabhuma in our Province. The season must be done in line with regulations regarding alert level 1,” said Nkosi Mavuso.

Chairperson of Contralesa Nkosi Mwelo Nonkonyana welcomed all efforts geared towards the opening of the summer traditional initiation season.

“We are aware of the ongoing government attempts against ulwaluko infavour of male medical circumcision. We remain opposed to medical male circumcision. I call for a united front led by our Provincial leadership towards the opening of the summer traditional season,” said Nkosi Nonkonyana.

The meeting resolutions will be presented to Premier Oscar Mabuyane and MEC Xolile Nqatha for as a discussion with the Minister of Cogta, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

“Time is not in our favour. We need to move with due speed on this matter. Our people are ready to send their boys to the bush. We dare disappoint and test their patience,” said Nkosi Mavuso. //End//

For more information, please contact Mamnkeli Ngam on 071 685 7981 or Mr Makhaya Komisa on 066 381 8259.