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Four remain in police custody over EC initiation deaths

Twelve young men have died in that province since the start of the summer initiation season three weeks ago.

FILE: Young boys attending a traditional initiation school. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Four people remain in custody in connection with initiation related deaths in the Eastern Cape.

Twelve young men have died in that province since the start of the summer initiation season three weeks ago.

Some of the deaths have been caused by dehydration and septicaemia, while one initiate committed suicide.

Three traditional nurses and a traditional surgeon were apprehended last week.

The police's Mzukisi Fatyela says: “They were arrested following the contravention of the Circumcision Act. The case was postponed until 19 December 2017.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)