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National Oversight Committee on Customary Initiation Set Up

October 27, 2021

Department of Traditional Affairs

The National Initiation Oversight Committee on customary initiation has been set up.

The traditional affairs department announced the Committee’s establishment in Government Gazette 45357.

The Committee flows from the Customary Initiation Act.

The act was signed in June 2021 and came into effect on 1 September 2021.

The act aims to provide for:

• the effective regulation of customary initiation practices;
• the establishment of a National Initiation Oversight Committee and Provincial
Initiation Coordinating Committees and their functions;
• the responsibilities, roles and functions of the various role-players involved in
initiation practices as such or in the governance aspects thereof;
• the effective regulation of initiation schools;
• regulatory powers of the Minister and Premiers;
• the monitoring of the implementation of this Act;
• provincial peculiarities; and
• matters connected therewith.

Meanwhile, the cooperative governance department, in a statement, announced that the Commission on Khoi-San Matters has been set up.

The Commission flows from the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act of 2019.

The term of office of the Commission commenced on 1 September 2021 and will end on 31 August 2026.

The Commission is tasked with receiving “all first-time applications for the recognition of Khoi-San communities and leaders, investigate the applications received and make recommendations to the Minister on the possible recognition of Khoi-San communities and leaders”.