- The tragic loss of life has been branded as unwarranted and unacceptable following the death of 30 initiates
- The majority of deaths take place at illegal initiation schools in the Eastern Cape with many dying of dehydration
- Calls are mounting for something to be done to protect young men from dying in the ritual
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EASTERN CAPE - The death toll among initiates in the Eastern Cape has continued to rise with 30 deaths reported so far.
A further 80 other initiates were admitted to the hospital and the Ulwaluko summer season is only halfway through.
The shocking number of deaths led to Secretary-General of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa, Zolani Mkiva calling for drastic action.
He said that the high number of fatalities is unwarranted and unacceptable and all in the name of a ritual according to eNCA.
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News24 reported that Premier Oscar Mabuyane called for an urgent indaba to find solutions to reduce the number of deaths. He said that 19 of the young men who died were being initiated at illegal initiation schools.
A large number of deaths are a result of dehydration after initiates are deprived of water by those caring for them.
This is due to a false belief that those who drink water will not heal from their wounds quickly.
14 people tragically die after 2 taxis collide with each other head-on
Earlier, Briefly News reported that the death toll over the festive season continues to rise after two taxis collided with each other on the R57 between Reitz and Petrus Steyn road.
14 people tragically lost their lives in the accident. 13 of the casualties died on the scene while the 13th person died at the hospital.
Three people were treated for serious injuries. The Provincial Emergency Medical Services Spokesperson, Sipho Towa has said that the road had been reopened following the horrific accident.
The police have opened an investigation into a case of culpable homicide. The identities of the victims are not known and the families have not been notified.
“It was flying”: SA in disbelief after mysterious car crash in Limpopo
In similar news, a social media account holder is puzzled by a driver of an SUV that is seen after crashing and veering off the road. The Twitter user says he has so many questions as he looks at the images.
The stylish car seems to be badly damaged and the condition of the driver remains unclear when it comes to injuries. In one of the images, the driver or the passengers is spotted lying next to the car.
The pictures are causing a stir on the social networking application and some peeps say the incident took place in Limpopo. The images are shared by @JuksAfrika and some locals say they know the guy survived the crash and some blame the department of transport for not installing road signs on the curvy road.
Source: Briefly News