Young initiate found hanged in forest

2018-12-07 06:01

SAPS have opened an inquest docket after an 18-year-old male initiate was found dead at Semonkong village outside Mount Fletcher on November 26. It is suspected that he hanged himself.

According to SAPS, the deceased was allegedly found hanging in the forest by another initiate, who reported it to the senior traditional nurse.

“He was found dead at the scene,” said SAPS spokesperson Captain Khaya Tonjeni.

A task team that was established a long time ago by residents to monitor initiation schools in Mount Fletcher, Matatiele, and Maluti was deeply shocked by the incident — this is the first time an incident like this has occurred. The task team has vowed to launch investigations into this tragic death.

On December 4, members of the task team are expected to conduct a meeting in Matatiele to get statistics of initiation schools and initiates and tackle all problems encountered during summer initiation season. At this time of the year, young boys normally go to the mountain to enter into the adulthood as they are taught respect, manners and taking care of their families and the community.

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