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EC initiation school praised

The PE initiation school recorded no fatalities since it was establishment over 20 years ago.

FILE: The school has recorded no fatalities since its establishment more than two decades ago. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - A Port Elizabeth initiation school on Friday was praised as the best of its kind in the Eastern Cape.

The school recorded no fatalities since it was establishment more than two decades ago.

At least 25 deaths have been reported in the province as a result of unscrupulous initiation camps.

The Democratic Alliance's Nqaba Bhanga visited the school.

"For the past 20 to 30 years, we've never experience of a death because of the school's leadership. The community and the Health Department are communicating as well."

In June, 20 Mpumalanga initiation school applications were withdrawn.

The National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) found the schools did not meet the required standards.

A task team was set up by the Department of Health in collaboration with the Department of Traditional Affairs and the NHTL.

Only schools approved by the task team are legal.