Do they understand the meaning of Somagwaza? In an effort to protect the integrity of our custom, members of the public must please help us track them down.”
Co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Xolile Nqatha, an avid supporter of initiation rites, was dismayed by the young men’s behaviour.
''It a represents serious threat to the future of isiko lolwaluko (initiation traditions) and the value system that is supposed to be inculcated.
“That is why one of the issues we must consider is to develop a syllabus that outlines critical things that must be taught for manhood,'' Nqatha said.
Nonkonyana said Somagwaza could be likened to a national anthem, or to De Brevitate Vitae (On the Shortness of Life), a Latin song often played at university graduation ceremonies.
''These are sung with dignity and pride and would not be ridiculed like this and reduced to something like the streetwise jive of vosho.
“It is shameful that these young men are doing it. It is quite clear to us that there are constant attacks on our custom of initiation of boys into manhood.
“Clearly there are undeclared wars to discredit our customs and put them into disrepute. We condemn this in the strongest possible terms.”
AmaRharhabe royal spokesperson Prince Zolile Burns-Ncamashe said: “This is a reflection of a custom under siege.”
Aggressive advocacy programmes to protect the integrity of traditional rites should be considered, he added.