In a statement released by the Department of Co-operative Governace and Traditional Affairs, COGTA MEC Xasa Fikile Xasa has encouraged Kings and Queens to turn their Kingdoms to become nerve centres that co-ordinate isiko lokwaluka (Initiation culture) to restore and sustain the dignity of the age old traditional ceremony.
MEC Xasa called for all initiation related activities to be co-ordinated by traditional leaders through Kingdoms in the Province.
“We all have a responsibility to restore the dignity of traditional initiation for the sake of future generations. Our Kings and Queens have to play a leading role to promote culture, tradition and customs in their areas as empowered by the Male Customary Initiation Practice Act No 5 of 2016),” said MEC Xasa.
He commended departmental officials and other key stakeholders for undertaking awareness campaigns in the Province. These campaigns, he said, were meant to encourage families, parents and traditional leaders to play their roles for the safe winter season.
MEC Xasa was speaking during the launch of the winter initiation season in Bumbane Great Place in the OR Tambo District Municipality Picture: FILE