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NW premier condemns initiation deaths

The premier’s spokesperson says the initiation school may have been running illegally.

The premier’s spokesperson says the initiation school may have been running illegally. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The office of North West Premier Thandi Modise says there are factors suggesting that an initiation school where two teenage boys died at the weekend may have been running illegally.

A 16-year-old boy collapsed and died after drinking water and a 17-year-old died after complaining about stomach cramps.

Another group of boys who also fell ill were to be taken to hospital.

The premier's spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said, "Provincial authorities should investigate the circumstances surrounding this. They should also clamp down on illegal operations because it's December and chancers want to make a quick buck by establishing illegal schools."