Initiate dies trying to escape school
Johannesburg - Two teenagers died at an initiation school in Ottosdal while seven others were hospitalised with septic wounds, North West police said on Thursday.
"A 17-year-old became very ill and succumbed to his wounds whilst the other [teenager] was assaulted by workers at the school after attempting to escape, and died of his injuries," Sergeant Karen Tredoux said in a statement.
A traditional healer and a worker at the school were arrested.
Police received a call on Wednesday saying the initiates had died.
The school had 21 boys, aged between 14 and 21, and was closed down by police on Wednesday.
Seven of the remaining children were admitted to the Ottosdal hospital for treatment of septic wounds.
"The remaining 12 were handed over into the custody of their parents and are also being treated for wounds," Tredoux said.
Police are investigating two counts of murder.