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Six boys die at EC initiation schools

The initiates died from dehydration and septicaemia. One teenager committed suicide.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Eastern Cape Health Department has confirmed the deaths of six boys at initiation schools in the province.

The initiates died from dehydration and septicaemia. One teenager committed suicide.

The deaths were reported in the OR Tambo and in Joe Gqabi districts.

The department says that more than half a dozen boys are receiving treatment in hospital.

Spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said: “We have a total of seven boys that have been admitted to hospital after being rescued from initiation schools in a critical condition. Some with high temperature and gangrenous penises.”

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