The Gauteng Initiating Task Team has halted winter initiation schools amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Gauteng Initiation chairperson, Prince George Mahlangu said the decision to stop winter initiation schools was made in association with traditional leaders, human rights commission and other stakeholders.

“We unanimously resolved to suspend the 2020 Winter initiation season, as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic currently taking place around the world, in South Africa and in particular the rapid increase of prevalence in Gauteng,” he said.

The postponement comes after the pronouncement of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s National Lockdown from midnight 26th March 2020 until 16th April 2020.

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“All our stakeholders did not find it difficult to make this decision as they are aware of the developments and the rapid spread of Covid 19 in Gauteng,” he said.

“We believe that we all need to do our part in reducing the spread by washing hands regularly, minimising contacts, exercising social distance and staying at home,” he added.

Mahlangu urged the public to heed the call to stay home during this period to flatten the curve and reduce the spread.