Minister Dlamini Zuma to convene the first National Initiation oversight committee

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The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, will on Monday, 7 March 2022 convene the first National Initiation Oversight Committee (NIOC) meeting.

The NIOC meeting takes place after President Cyril Ramaphosa approved the Customary Initiation Act, 2021 (Act No 2. Of 2021) (CIA) on 1 June 2021. The Act took effect on 1 September 2021, as a result of proclamation 35, which was published in Government Gazette No. 44981 on 12 August 2021.

The Act seeks to achieve amongst others, establish the National Initiation Oversight Committee and Provincial Initiation Coordinating Committees and their functions; regulate the customary initiation practice; provide for the effective regulation of initiation schools; provide for the responsibilities, roles and functions of the various stakeholders.

In terms of the Act, the Minister of COGTA is required to convene and chair the first meeting of the NIOC. The Act further requires members to, in terms of section 5(1)(a) and 5(1)(b) elect a Chairperson from the members referred to in section 4(1)(a)(b) and (c) and the Deputy Chairperson amongst the members.

The Committee comprised of the Minister of COGTA, the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders, the CRL Rights Commission, the South African Police Service, the National Prosecuting Authority, the Department of Health and other critical stakeholders are tasked with, amongst others, monitoring the implementation of the Act, promoting compliance to the Act by all those practising initiation (female and male initiation) and investigating any illegal abuse of initiates.

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