DA Northern Cape Leader
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The Human Rights Commission is set to probe initiation school horrors in the Northern Cape at the DA’s request. Written confirmation of this was received yesterday. Recent reports indicated that initiates were tortured and physically assaulted at an initiation school near Hartswater.
Initiates were pelted with stones, forced to place burning coals in their mouths and inside their buttocks and were forced to eat sandwiches filled with faeces.
Gabaediwe Motsage (22) died as a result of these atrocities.
The DA recently staged protests in support of the victims outside the Hartswater magistrate’s court during the trial of the school’s principals.
The DA welcomes the HRC’s investigation.
We trust that the findings will lead to a bigger response from provincial government to the abuse many young people are subjected to at these schools in the Northern Cape.
The DA is currently working on proposals for a new provincial approach to these schools, adapted from successful interventions where we govern. We will present these proposals to the Office of the Premier and Health Department in due course.
In a constitutional democracy everyone has the right to live out their culture and heritage. However, no one has the right to undermine the human dignity of another in the horrific way recently witnessed in Hartswater.