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By Alex Matlala | May 28, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

WITH only three weeks to go before the opening of initiation schools in Limpopo, the House of Traditional Leaders has warned parents against sending their sons to "illegal" schools.

House of Traditional Leaders' provincial chairman Kgoshi Vusani Netshimbufhe said yesterday: "Initiates also have to get written permits from their parents before being enrolled at the schools. This is to stop people from kidnapping initiates.

"Traditional leaders are custodians of our culture and are better placed to run the passage to manhood."

Initiation schools will open on June 18 - a week before state schools close for the winter break on June 26. The initiation classes will close a week before schools re-open on July 20.

The departments of Health and Social Development and police will assist traditional leaders to ensure the smooth running of the initiation schools - and said initiates must be "medically checked' before attending.


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