'Pangas used for circumcisions at illegal initiation school'

2015-07-08 10:34
An initiate. (File, Leon Sadiki/ City Press)

An initiate. (File, Leon Sadiki/ City Press)

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Johannesburg - Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Obed Bapela promised that government will work on laws that will clamp down on illegal initiation schools.

This comes after a site was discovered on a dusty field at the weekend in Meadowlands, Soweto, where 22 young men were rescued, SABC News Online reported. One initiate is still missing.

A resident said a sjambok, two pangas and containers of glue were found at the illegal initiation school.

Social Development MEC Faith Mazibuko told reporters that four of the initiates were admitted to hospital with severe burn wounds, two had septic wounds and were discharged from hospital. Nine of the young men are now in a place of safety.

Speaking to Eyewitness News, Soweto resident William Mahape showed a tin of glue which he said the initiates used to help ease the pain and a panga which he said was used for the circumcisions.

In the Eastern Cape, the provincial health department said it will set up field hospitals for initiates, News24 reported.

This will entail setting up a tent with essential equipment and stretchers, providing IV fluids, antibiotics and wound care, spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said in a statement on Monday.

Nineteen initiates have lost their lives in the Eastern Cape, two in Limpopo and one in Mpumalanga and 17 illegal schools have been closed in Gauteng alone, reported SABC Online.

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