11 were killed in 2017 Mpumalanga initiation schools

The initiates returned home on 25 June 2017 after spending 2 months at various initiation schools.


At least 11 initiates died during this year’s initiation.

Mpumalanga cops said 8 cases of culpable homicide and inquest concerning the deaths were under investigation.

The initiates died at different times in separate areas of the province, including KwaMhlanga and Belfast.

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“The inquests are for the deaths of three female initiates and the culpable homicide cases are for the deaths of eight male initiates. I cannot say when the investigations will be concluded,” police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi told a news agency.

Hundreds of male initiates of the Ndebele ethnic group returned home on 25 June 2017 having been in the mountains since April.

Their families welcomed them and slaughtered different animals, including bulls and goats for a feast.

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Death of KwaNdebele initiates rises to four

Health MEC Gillion Mashego addressed journalists, revealing the latest statistics.


The number of initiates who have died in the Mpumalanga area of KwaNdebele has risen to four.

Health MEC Gillion Mashego sent his condolences to the family of the four boys who lost their lives.

Mashego addressed journalists in KwaMhlanga on Wednesday afternoon.

“By this time we have lost four initiates‚” he said.

“There are certain things that we cannot discuss with women based on our culture‚” said Mashego, referring to why the exact causes of death won’t be made public.

Mashego said one of the four boys died in an illegal school, the three in legal schools.

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Post mortem results confirmed they died of injuries caused by botched circumcisions.

Provincial traditional house leader Kgoshi Mokoena said they will make sure the law takes its course.

“If we discover that some of the deaths were due to negligence‚ we’re not going to smile,” he told media on Wednesday, adding that six boys were injured but had since recovered at the Middelburg hospital.

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