MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Commission of Enquiry Must Be Set Up to Investigate
the Death of Initiates in Mpumalanga

21 May 2013    

  

The IFP calls on the Mpumalanga Provincial government to set up a commission of enquiry to investigate the death of 27 initiates in Mpumalanga Province.

 

IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Peter Smith, MP, said, "This is tragic. It is imperative that the commission be set up because all stakeholders involved in this matter are defending themselves and there is no one willing to take the blame."

 

Smith said that while the IFP is not against traditional culture and rituals, "We cannot condone practices resulting in such wide scale abuses".

 

The Chairperson of the Mpumalanga House of Traditional Leaders, Mathibela Mokoena acknowledges that there might have been negligence on the part of traditional leaders. "Those who are implicated in the death of the initiates must be identified and arrested," said Smith.

 

The IFP re-iterates its calls that any initiation schools found to be negligent must be shut down and all initiation schools must be verified as legitimate and licensed to carry out the procedures safely. The SAHRC must also investigate this issue.

Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs,

Mr. Peter Smith MP, 083 299 9687

or 

IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 24 5675