Police launch assault on illegal initiation
Authorities in Limpopo have established a team to curb initiation deaths in the province.
JOHANNESBURG - Limpopo police say they will raid 276 initiation schools spread across the province in a bid to curb illegal activities which have already claimed lives across the country.
Four youngsters were reported dead in Mpumalanga and in the Eastern Cape last week.
Police in Limpopo say they've formed a provincial priority committee comprising the health, co-operative governance, human settlements and traditional affairs departments to supervise initiation schools.
Spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi says initiation season in Limpopo starts today and lasts until 18 July.
He says schools that continue after the allocated dates will be viewed as illegal.
"We're not going to interfere with their work. As long as the people who work there have all the documentation to make sure that they are qualified. There will be unannounced visits in those schools," he says.
More than 60 initiates died during initiation season last year as a result of botched circumcisions.