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Cogta promises to clamp down 'even harder' on illegal initiation schools

The department has again appealed to parents not to send their teenage boys to unregistered schools.

FILE: An initiation school in Gugulethu, Cape Town.

JOHANNESBURG – The Department of Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) plans to crackdown even harder on illegal initiation schools.

It’s again appealed to parents not to send their teenage boys to unregistered schools.

Forty initiates, mostly in the Eastern Cape, lost their lives over the last initiation season.

A number of illegal schools were shut down in the Eastern Cape, the Free State and Limpopo.

Arrests were also made.

Cogta’s Legadima Leso says clearly more needs to be done.

“We are concerned as the department and the ministry will continue to work with all the stakeholders to make sure that we try and bring these deaths to an end.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)