ezolwaluko

Saving the
lives of
our initiates

About this project


For many young men, the traditional rite of passage to manhood is a profoundly spiritual experience. But scores of young men suffer and die during initiation, at the hands of unscrupulous traditional surgeons. Yet more initiates at illegal initiation schools are maimed for life.

City Press, Code for Africa and Open Data Durban have devised a way in which initiates and their families can check whether the traditional surgeons they have chosen are registered with the Eastern Cape Department of Health.

It is our hope that you use this tool to choose a skilled, registered traditional surgeon, and experience the rite of passage as the enriching cultural experience it is meant to be.

THE THREE-YEAR DEATH TOLL


2019

June Winter Season: 17

December Summer Season: 29

2018

June Winter Season: 23

December Summer season: 21

2017

June Winter Season: 14

December Summer Season: 17

Check if your surgeon is registered

Check if your surgeon is registered

Hotline for initiates who are in trouble

Hotline for initiates who are in trouble

Do you want to register as a traditional surgeon?

Do you want to register as a traditional surgeon?

Report illegal surgeons or initiation schools.

Report illegal surgeons or initiation schools.

Check if your surgeon is registered

Check if your surgeon is registered

Hotline for initiates who are in trouble

Hotline for initiates who are in trouble

Do you want to register as a traditional surgeon?

Do you want to register as a traditional surgeon?

Report illegal surgeons or initiation schools.

Report illegal surgeons or initiation schools.