Illegal initiation schools will be shut down, North West premier Thandi Modise
said, in condemning the death of an initiate in Christiana at the weekend.
"One death at an initiation school is a death too many. Chancers and
those who commit atrocities at initiation schools undermine tradition and
culture and should be brought to book," said Modise in a statement.
North West police reported that they were investigating the death of a
17-year-old initiate in Christiana.
Captain Pelonomi Makau said the youth was dead when he was taken to the
Utlwanang clinic in Christiana by an initiation school teacher at 9pm on
The teenager had no visible injuries. A post mortem would be performed on
his body to determine the cause of death.
Modise said she trusted that the investigation into the circumstances
surrounding the death would be concluded shortly so the teenager's family could
Initiation was meant to be a rite of passage filled with "healthy, safe
positive learning", and a "bonding experience," she said.
Health screenings and check-ups were conducted at registered initiation
schools to ensure none of the youths died of bleeding, dehydration or other
She said traditional leaders had a responsibility to report illegal
initiation schools to the authorities.
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