At least 17 initiates have died in the Eastern Cape since the start of the initiation season.
Eastern Cape ape Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) spokesperson, Mamkeli Ngam says the continued deaths should be declared a crisis.
One death is one death to many in a cultural practice of this nature.— Mamkeli Ngam, Spokesperson - Eastern Cogta C
I have undergone the process of myself and I know that the practice doesn't kill. What kills our children is the lack of care. It is a situation that is sometimes beyond our control.— Mamkeli Ngam, Spokesperson - Eastern Cape Cogta
Ngam says there are suspicions the boys are denied water by their caregivers during the process.
These boys themselves, we have got information to the effect that they don't drink water two weeks before. It is also surfacing that even before they spend a week some of them have died.— Mamkeli Ngam, Spokesperson - Eastern Cape Cogta
Ngam says those who are in charge of the initiation process should be brought to book.
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