EC Dept of Health confirms first summer season initiation casualty


The Eastern Cape Department of Health has confirmed the death of one initiate at an illegal initiation school near Ngqeleni in the former Transkei.

Speaking to the SABC, department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said three others were also rescued from the school and taken to Canzibe Hospital for treatment.

“We are gravely concerned as the department as we have witnessed these new developments of these initiation schools in the OR Tambo area,” Kupelo said.

“We are calling on parents and everyone involved to take the issue of illegal circumcision seriously and do everything in their power to stop this”.

The latest incident comes after 29 initiates died during the winter season with the vast majority taking place in the OR Tambo district.