Government thinks about closing initiation schools

South Africa
May 21 - With the traditional initiation season deathtoll having risen to 27, the Mpumalanga government is considering closing several of the schools. Local departments say that, even though the schools are legal, they may not be following the correct pro eNCA
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The number of initiates who have died in Mpumalanga has now risen to 27 as the initiation school saga continues. Picture: eNCA/Xoli Mngambi

The Mpumalanga government is thinking about closing several initiation schools after a series of deaths.

The number of initiates who've died in Mpumalanga has now risen to 27.
 
The deaths took place in Evander, Middleburg, Belfast, Siyabuswa, Verena and KwaMhlanga over the last two weeks.
 
Police have opened 26 murder dockets.
 
Most of the schools under investigation are believed to be legal but local government officials say they're not following correct procedures.
 
Health MEC Candith Mashego-Dlamini has now rubbished calls for her to quit.
 
Trade union Nehawu called for her head after said her gender prevented her from getting personally involved.

 

 

 

-eNCA

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