'Traditional leaders must act as custodians'

Atrocities at initiation schools are undermining traditional culture, NW Premier Thandi Modise said.

Botched circumcisions have claimed the lives of over 40 teens across the country since the start of the 2013 initiation season in June. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Those guilty of committing atrocities at initiation schools are undermining traditional culture, North West Premier Thandi Modise said on Monday.

This follows the death of a 17-year-old initiate from Majemantsho village in Mahikeng at the weekend.

A fellow initiate discovered the boy's body outside the initiation kraal.

He had been assaulted all over his body and head with a sjambok.

Modise's spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele urged traditional leaders to act as custodians of traditional culture to monitor initiation schools within their area of jurisdiction.

Leaders have also been asked to report ill treatment and illegal operations to authorities.

The premier insists perpetrators must be brought to book.

Police have arrested two suspects in connection with the teen's death.

Botched circumcisions have claimed the lives of over 40 teens across the country since the start of the 2013 initiation season in June.