Death of 23 initiates probed
Officials in Mpumalanga await the results siting the cause of 23 deaths at an initiation school.
JOHANNESBURG - The Mpumalanga Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs at the weekend said its waiting for a report back from police on the deaths of 23 initiates before it takes further action.
Twenty-three boys have died at registered initiation schools in the Nkangala district since the start of the season.
The police have since opened 22 cases of murder.
Departmental Spokesman Simphiwe Kunene said the house of traditional leaders is also anticipating the report.
"We are waiting for the results of the police investigations so that we're given an indication as to what the causes of these deaths were. This is also assisted in beginning to make sure that when working with our traditional leaders we put in place measures that will make sure that such incidents do not happen again."
In December last year 22-year-old Gabaediwe Motsage was stoned and beaten to death.
The police's Olebogeng Tawana said Motsage was murdered after escaping from the initiation school.
Tawana said it is believed there were fears she would reveal secrets of the initiation procedure.
"Suspects between the ages of 13 and 30 were arrested at the initiation school and charged with murder."