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.