Johannesburg, 2 June 2016 - Traditional leaders are blaming parents for the high number of deaths during the initiation season. They saysome are intentionally taking their boys to illegal initiation schools. Last year over 100 initiates died.
JOHANNESBURG - Authorities are calling on parents to be careful about where they send their children to be initiated, as the initiation season gets under way.
Forty boys lost their lives in the Eastern Cape alone.
In the past decade, the practice has also resulted in more than 1,000 penile amputations.
Police will work with the national initiation task team to carry out compliance spot-checks at initiation schools.
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