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'Too many parents ignore regulations around traditional initiations'

More than a dozen deaths from amongst other things botched circumcisions, have been reported nationally.

FILE: Equipment used at an illegal initiation school in Meadowlands. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department (Cogta) says too many parents are ignoring regulations around traditional initiations.

More than a dozen deaths from amongst other things botched circumcisions, have been reported nationally over the recent initiation season, which ended over the weekend.

Officials say illegal initiation schools are constantly being shut down.

The department's Legadima Leso said: "It's your responsibility to ensure that you are able to check whether the school the child is going to is registered and the surgeon at the school is registered."

Yesterday, the department said it expected to see a sharp decline in the number of deaths reported this initiation season due to increased compliance with its requirements.

More than 50 people died during last year's winter initiation season, with the bulk of the deaths recorded in the Eastern Cape.

Cogta said its ultimate aim was to eliminate any deaths during initiation seasons.

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