An organisation called ‘Men’s Sector’ has expressed outrage over the high number of initiate deaths across the country and has backed calls for a suspension of the initiation season in affected areas this year.
Eastern Cape police are investigating a case of murder, after a 16-year-old boy was killed, allegedly by initiates at Great Kei.
Eastern Cape Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Xolile Nqata has warned that the continuing rise in the deaths of initiates in the province will force them to cut salaries of traditional authorities.
Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane is calling on those looking after initiates to ensure the youngsters drink enough water and are provided with medication where necessary amid the continued rise in initiate deaths.
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize has met with traditional leaders from the Eastern Cape to discuss the deaths of initiates.