Another initiate has died at Maluti in the north of the Eastern Cape. This is the 15th initiate to die in the province since the launch of the summer initiation season, and the fourth death in the Alfred Nzo district.
The Eastern Cape House of Traditional leaders says it’s disturbed by the rising number of deaths among initiates.
Public hearings into the Customary Initiation Bill aimed at regulating the practice of circumcision begin on Monday with the Eastern Cape the first province to host them.
Ninety male initiates were welcomed in KwaMhlanga in Mpumalanga on Saturday.
The Traditional Leaders Affairs and Health Portfolio Committees have admitted that the death of initiates in the Eastern Cape have reached a crises stage.
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