Third initiate dies in Eastern Cape despite safety campaign

The death was reported in Alfred Nzo District, Matatiele, on Thursday.

FILE: A picture taken on 20 November 2009 of young boys from the Xhosa tribe attending a traditional initiation school in Libode in the Eastern Cape Province. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - A third initiate has died since the launch of a safety campaign in the Eastern Cape last week.

The death was reported in Alfred Nzo District Municipality, Matatiele, on Thursday.

Two initiates died in the Kentani area a few days earlier.

The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department's Mamkeli Ngam said: “We can confirm that one initiate has died in the Alfred Nzo municipality yesterday. The initiate complained of diarrhoea and also he was vomiting.”