The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has received a complaint about the cancelled screenings of the controversial and award-winning film Inxeba: The Wound, it said on Wednesday.

The film ruffled feathers in some parts of the country, resulting in a suspension of screenings at two cinemas in the Eastern Cape.

Objectors to the film say that the content not only flouts cultural norms and practice, but is an inaccurate portrayal of the initiation practice, the commission’s spokesperson Gail Smith said in a statement.

Smith condemned violent protests and threats made in relation to the screening of the movie. She said the commission was monitoring reports of intimidation, threats of violence and death threats made in relation to the screening of the movie.

The film also sparked outrage on social media, with celebrities Loyiso Bala and Emtee turning to Twitter to express their views.