With WSU's help, all those involved in initiation rites would be closely monitored from December and January.
Cogta deputy minister Obed Bapela recently told the SABC that the rite would be opened under very strict conditions.
“The minister of Cogta and the health minister agreed that they will allow for the opening of the season but under severe conditions because the virus is still with us and there is a possibility of a resurgence towards the end of November,” he said.
“If that happens we might close it (initiation) in parts of the country. And if it means that it’s going to be in the Eastern Cape, then it means that it’s not going to be possible. But should there not be a resurgence we will then open for those who want to go,” said Bapela.
Cogta minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma also wrote to Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane, informing him that cabinet had decided that the provinces and traditional leaders should be responsible for registration and accreditation of all initiation schools.
They should ensure that they comply with health protocols. However in her September 30 letter, she said initiations remained prohibited.