The North West provincial government has suspended this year’s initiation school season, owing to the country's struggle with COVID-19 or coronavirus.
MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Gordon Kegakilwe, announced this during a press briefing of the provincial government on its state of readiness for the 21-day national lockdown in Mahikeng on Thursday.
Kegakilwe said government met traditional leaders and agreed to suspend traditional rituals.
“Our traditional leaders were called on Tuesday by the president and they agreed with us that they’re going to adhere to these policies and other traditional rituals will be suspended.
"We have agreed with our traditional leaders that initiation schools for the winter seasons will not happen countrywide and in the North West province the house has also decided that there will be no initiation schools for the winter season,” said Kegakilwe.
The MEC added that only family members would be allowed to attend funeral services of their relatives during the 21 days of a national lockdown.
“Municipalities have been directed as to how we deal with funerals. That only family members, a few people should participate in the funerals. But also issues of sanitizers and all other measures must be used even in the burial place to deal with infections,” Kegailwe said.
The 21-day lockdown gets underway at midnight on Thursday.