Teen dies at FS initiation school

2011-12-25 15:53

Johannesburg - A boy died after falling ill at an initiation school in Ficksburg in the Free State, police said on Sunday.

The 16-year-old initiate had complained of dizziness around noon on Saturday, Captain Phumelelo Dhlamini said.

"The men who look after the initiates told him to sleep under a tree," he said.

"When they woke him up around 19:00, he remained silent."

Paramedics declared the initiate dead a short while later.

Dhlamini said the youth was admitted to the school in the middle of November. An inquest docked was opened.

A post-mortem would determine the cause of death, he said.

  • barry.mcbride - 2011-12-25 16:56

    "When they woke him up around 19:00, he remained silent." Rather 'when they tried to wake him up around 19:00, he remained silent.'

  • Sarah - 2011-12-25 19:01

    Isnt it time that government close these so called 'schools'?...or is it a matter of 'if it doesnt hit home, it does not matter'?

      Eugene - 2011-12-27 07:34

      The schools won't close down. They'll just be driven underground where no further control of any kind will be possible.

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