F State men held over initiation death

2013-07-17 20:22

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Bloemfontein - Four Free State men were arrested after the death of an 18-year-old initiate near Odendaalsrus, police said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Stephan Thakeng said the four teachers of an initiation school found on the farm Palmietkuil would face a charge of murder.

Police were called to the farm on Tuesday after a body was found that was later identified as Teboho Kapoko.

He had sustained injuries to his head and body.

Police found five other initiates and they were admitted to hospital due to injuries suffered during alleged assaults.

Thakeng said Kapoko had apparently been hit with sticks on his head and body and kicked for not knowing how to recite songs taught in the initiation school.

The four men, aged between 18 and 27, would appear in the Odendaalsrus Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Thakeng said the Free State health department was alerted to the closing of the initiation school on the farm.


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