It was reported this week that at least eighteen teenage boys have died in the Eastern Cape since the start of the current initiation season. Death toll has risen to 21 initiates so far, after an initiate died in Limpopo yesterday.
Recently, it was reported that 22 boys were rescued from an illegal initiation school in Johannesburg. Gauteng has the highest number of illegal initiation schools.
Stephen Grootes speaks to Obed Bapela of the COGTA about what government intends to do about illegal initiation schools, who mentions that government is working on strict regulations around initiation schools.
Listen to Stephen's conversation with Obed Bapela below:
Stephen Grootes also looks into why so many boys are dying every year.
The problem we’ve discovered is peer pressure and commercialisation of this cultural practice. We previously didn’t have any regulations or acts that would see that the culprits be prosecuted. Without these acts, we’re fighting a losing battle. When culprits are brought to book, they cannot be charged.— Prince Manene, Spokesperson of Contralesa
Listen to this interview below: