Police investigate deaths of 27 boys at initiation schools

2013-05-20 16:46

Police are investigating the deaths of 27 boys who attended initiation schools in Mpumalanga.

"Twenty-seven boys have died in initiation schools in the last two weeks," Colonel Leonard Hlathi said today.

He said 26 of these were now being investigated as murder cases and one remained an inquest. Hlathi said no arrests had been made and police expected the results of the post mortems soon.

"It's not a question of arresting currently. It's a question of effectively investigating these cases."

Once all the information was collected it would be presented to the national director of public prosecutions for a decision on how to proceed.

Provincial community safety, security, and liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe welcomed the police decision to investigate the deaths.

He said because there were indications the initiates died due to bleeding excessively and dehydration it was clear someone should be held responsible.

"We support the police in their bid to unearth the truth and hope there are suspects that will be arrested soon," he said in a statement.

"As the department we have confidence that the police will do a proper investigation in order to single out those responsible."

Shongwe called on people to allow police to complete the investigation.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.