Contralesa wants to ban selfies at initiation schools

It says an increasing number of initiates have been uploading pictures of themselves on social media.

FILE: Contralesa says the selfie craze at some traditional institutions has become a cause for concern. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The Congress for Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) has called for a 'total ban' on cellphones at initiation schools.

It says the 'selfie craze' at some traditional institutions has become a cause for concern.

Contralesa says in terms of the Xhosa culture, the goings-on at initiation schools are not supposed to known by the outside world.

It says an increasing number of initiates have been uploading pictures of themselves on social media.

Contralesa's Mwelo Nonkonyana said, "It is taboo, as a matter of fact, I think it's time for traditional leaders with the assistance of the government to impose a ban on selfies. It is not the first time that we have heard about this thing."