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South Africa's Coming-of-Age Ceremonies Continue to Claim More Lives

This winter's initiation season has already claimed the lives of 18 young men.

Eighteen lives have been claimed by the winter initiation season, according to eNCA. As if this were not concerning enough, these deaths have occurred in what are still the early days of the initiation season and the death toll may continue to rise in the coming weeks. A hundred young boys were also rescued from illegal initiation schools and numerous individuals have since been arrested.

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More South African Young Men Continue to Die in Coming-of-Age Initiation Ceremonies

The death toll has already risen to 21 this initiation season alone.

Twenty-one male initiates have already died this initiation season in South Africa, News24 reports. There are concerns that the death toll will continue to rise. While deaths have occurred across the country, the highest number of deaths has been in the Eastern Cape, home of the Xhosa people among whom the initiation ceremonies are most commonly, although not exclusively, practised.

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