Calls to fast-track initiation bill

31 young men have died since the start of the initiation season due to botched circumcisions.

FILE: 31 young men have died since the start of the winter initiation season due to botched circumcisions, 24 of which were in the Eastern Cape. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There have been calls for government to fast-track the Traditional Initiation Bill in order to regulate the circumcision practice and curb further deaths of initiates.

Thirty one young men have died since the start of the winter initiation season due to botched circumcisions, 24 of which were in the Eastern Cape.

More than 130 boys have been hospitalised.

Provincial spokesperson for the department of local government and traditional affairs Mamkeli Ngam says traditional leaders should take over.

"Anybody who is found with an illegal school will be arrested and face the might of the law. The situation we are faced with is so big and requires a multi-faceted approach to ensure we prevent more deaths of our young boys."