13 initiates rescued in Orange Farm

2016-06-30 22:59

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Johannesburg – Thirteen young men were rescued from an illegal initiation school in Orange Farm, Gauteng, the co-operative governance department said on Thursday.

Another 14 ran away during the rescue on Wednesday. The 13 were taken to Jabulani Hospital and would be reunited with their parents, department spokesperson Legadima Leso said.

Police responded after a parent reported their child missing.

The department condemned the abduction of young men by “some unscrupulous people” who ran initiation schools.

Cases of abduction were on the increase, despite a communication campaign across the country, Minister Des van Rooyen said in a statement.

Abductions had been reported in parts of Gauteng, including Mamelodi and Daveyton, and on the borders of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. In the Eastern Cape, about 84 initiates were rescued last week. Five of them were in a serious condition. 

Leso said the death toll for this year’s initiation season stood at 12: nine in the Eastern Cape, two in Mpumalanga, and one in Gauteng.

Many initiation schools opened last weekend due to school holidays. 

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