Pretoria - Newly appointed minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Des van Rooyen said the deaths of young men at initiation schools were unacceptable. The national death toll stands at 43; Eastern Cape (30), Free State (6), Northern Cape (3), Western Cape (2), Gauteng (1) and North West (1).“We are working with various stakeholders across various sectors to ensure that our young men can undergo this rite of passage in a safe manner,” he told reporters in Pretoria on Tuesday. Van Rooyen added that there were challenges that needed to be addressed at initiation schools. These challenges included abductions, kidnappings and illegal or unregistered schools mushrooming everywhere.He called on parents to ensure that the schools that their children went to were legitimate. “Cogta has established a hotline where people will be able to report initiation-related cases. Parents and guardians should ensure that they send their young men to registered initiation schools and that these schools abide by the rules and regulations initiated by the department of health."