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ANC calls for vigilance during initiation season

The ANC said it is concerned about the low conviction rate of people found responsible for the deaths.

The ANC said it is concerned about the low conviction rate of people found responsible for the deaths. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC in the Eastern Cape called on communities and traditional leaders to be extra vigilant as the initiation season continues.

The party said it's worried about the upsurge in the number of deaths of initiates and wants communities to get involved in curbing this.

More than 60 young men died during initiation season last year.

The ANC said it is concerned about the low conviction rate of people found responsible for the deaths.

The ruling party's spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane said, "They are people who take boys without their parent's consent. They circumcise them and there is no medication or care and they are left to die. The ANC in all provinces must take this matter seriously."

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said last week that 23 people will be prosecuted for the deaths of young men during last year's initiation season in Mpumalanga.

At least 30 teenagers died at seven initiation schools in that province, along with another 30 deaths across the country.

The NPA'S Nathi Mncube said the suspects, who are facing a range of charges, will appear in court soon.