As the season for traditional circumcision and initiation into manhood comes to an end, the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) says 32 initiates have died.
Cogta spokesperson Legadima Leso says Cogta has made efforts to engage all stakeholders involved to address number of deaths during initiation process.
Leso says even though the department has tried to shut down illegal school, there are many still operating.
Many of the deaths are happening in illegal schools.— Legadima Leso, Cogta spokesperson
Majority of them also died due to dehydration because of this myth that if you drink water during initiation process you are not man enough.— Legadima Leso, Cogta spokesperson
Leso says Cogta is pleading with traditional leaders, communities and government structures to ensure initiates come home safe.
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