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Some initiation schools could be shut down

At least 23 young men have died while undergoing the right of passage this summer.

A picture of young boys from the Xhosa tribe attending a traditional initiation school in Libode in the Eastern Cape province. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Initiation schools where initiates have died in the Western Cape could be shut down if an investigation finds negligence.

At least 23 young men, 18 in the Eastern Cape and four in the Western Cape, have died while undergoing the right of passage this summer.

The Eastern Cape government plans to improve its monitoring efforts.

Eastern Cape Traditional Affairs Department spokesperson Mamnkeli Ngam says they are also taking a deeper look at the situation.

“We see the Eastern Cape has the highest numbers of those who have died.”

The Western Cape Health Department’s Mark van der Heever says they’ll take action.

“I have spoken to our head of department and she'll be discussing the confirmed sites with local municipalities. If it's found that something is wrong at the sites then they’ll be closed down.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)