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Calls to curb initiation deaths

At least 25 deaths have been reported in the Eastern Cape since the start of the initiation season.

At least 25 deaths have so far been reported in the Eastern Cape since the start of the initiation season. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - There has been renewed calls for government to zone in on illegal initiation schools.

At least 25 deaths have so far been reported in the Eastern Cape since the start of the winter initiation season.

The season is expected to end on 21 July.

The Democratic Alliance (DA), which has visited a school in Port Elizabeth, has lauded the institution as the best in the province as it is had no fatality since its establishment more than two decades ago.

The DA's Nqaba Bhanga says, "We are saying that government must be very harsh to those who are doing this without proper training and particularly illegal initiation schools. We want government to act and arrest those people."

Meanwhile, at least three men have been arrested for allegedly running illegal initiation schools in the province.

The Department of Traditional Affairs says many of these schools are run by young men looking to make a quick buck.