Police keeping a close eye on initiation schools

The City of Tshwane’s Municipal Health Services has warned about the suspension of initiation schools’ intake across the Gauteng Province for the year 2018.

Police are keeping an eye out for any illegal initiation schools in the north of Pretoria.

This follows a blanket suspension of initiation schools by authorities across the entire province for 2018.

“Any initiation school that might emerge will be considered illegal,” said police spokesperson Sargent Thembi Nowathe.

“They will be forced to shut down and face the full might of the law.”

The warning comes ahead of the initiation season, which is usually between May and July.

The suspension follows a resolution by CRL Rights Commission last year to suspend all initiation schools activities for 2018 in Gauteng.

The move was aimed at addressing criminality and gross malpractices at initiation schools.

Issues include: the mushrooming of unregistered initiation schools; violence; murders and assaults; abductions; extortion; illegal occupation of land; initiation schools which have turned into havens for criminals; and non-compliance to municipal by-laws.

The city of Tshwane said it will not process any applications, or issue any certificates, for the operation of male and female initiation schools in 2018.

“Although Tshwane was found to be fairly in order, the city fully supports and commits to abide by the resolution by the CRL,” said Tshwane health MEC Sakkie Du Plooy.

“Any initiation school found to be operating within the jurisdiction of the city should be deemed illegal.”

Nowathe said police, together with health inspectors, raided three illegal initiation schools in the Dube area last year. This was after they were alerted by concerned residents that young boys at the initiation schools might be at risk.

“We decided to investigate and found a level of non-compliance by two of the three schools,” she said.

“One school had apparently been tipped off and fled with the initiates and was nowhere to be found,” she said.

“Some of the schools could not produce consent forms signed by parents to prove parents had given permission for their sons to be there. They must have certified copies of birth certificates and identity documents of all the initiates.”

“The police will continue to monitor the situation and search for some of this initiation schools that are operated in the bush illegally.”

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