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Outrage as men traditional leaders oust women from initiation debate*

Outraged responses poured in on social media yesterday after the Daily Dispatch published the comments of male traditional leaders who rebuked their female counterparts for speaking out against the death toll associated with initiation practices in the province. More than 500 boys have died as a result of initiation practices in the last eight years, …

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Customary status of “ukuthwala” debated since 19th century

Current debates over ukuthwala invoke the idea of custom to both criticise and justify the practice. Participants on both sides of this debate use historical claims to justify their position. The legal status of custom is not determined by history, but for many observers the popular legitimacy of custom depends on a practice’s deep historical …

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