Mamelodi Community members together with Tshwane government and initiation school owners around Mamelodi had a meeting on Saturday at Mamelodi East Extension 6, Africa Church. All the stakeholders were called including the councilor, priests, COPTA members, CONTRALESA and the SAPS member Mr Chivukadi from Mamelodi East police station. The meeting was concerning some of the owners of initiation schools who pays druggies R50 for bringing more kids to the schools. It is believed that is more than one school but not specified was recently paying druggies to take kids without their parent’s permission to the schools. It is said that most of the kids were taken from the streets playing with friends. The owners who attended the meeting said they will no longer take kids who are not taken in by their parent’s and from now on parents have to sign while bring their kids to school as well as giving them the doctor’s conformation letter to confirm that the child can go to the initiation school. “Those who were in the meeting, they said they will not take any child without their parent signatures. Even if the child is without a parent and decide to give the principal their parent’s phone numbers the principal will take the initiative and visit their homes for confirmation”, said Dina Sibanyoni, Team Leader ward 40 and one of the parent whose child is currently at the school. It is confirmed that any school that take children without their parents concern they would be charged and could end up sentenced to 12 years in prison. Ward 40 Team leader said most of the parents complains were that when children return home from from these schools, they are becoming disrespectful, get involved into drugs, suffer from health issues and they believe that initiation schools are loosing dignity this days, it is not more about culture but rather business. Some kids don’t even return they die in the schools. More investigations still in process. It is still going to be discussed when and where the next meeting will take place. The Team is currently looking for a bigger venue where everyone in Mamelodi is expected or invited to attend the meeting.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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