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Initiation season death toll climbs to 28

The Eastern Cape remains the province that's recorded the highest number of cases this summer with 21 initiates dead.

FILE: A picture of young boys attending a traditional initiation school in Libode in the Eastern Cape. Picture: AFP..

JOHANNESBURG - The initiation season death toll has now risen to 28 since the beginning of this month.

The death toll was at 23 last week.

The Eastern Cape remains the province that's recorded the highest number of cases this summer with 21 initiates dead.

Four people have died in the Western Cape, while the North West has recorded one and Northern Cape two.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department spokesperson Legadima Leso says they are concerned about the loss of life during the traditional rite of passage for young men.

“In the Eastern Cape previously we reported 17, now we’re sitting on 21 fatalities. This is unacceptable.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)