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CONTRALESA’s concerns mount as Eastern Cape records alarming increase in initiate fatalities

# The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa deems the escalating initiation deaths in the Eastern Cape a disaster, with 34 fatalities during last year’s summer season. This marks an increase from the 22 deaths recorded in 2022. Responding to the crisis, government plans to shift from a seasonal to a year-round approach to address the issue. CONTRALESA’s chairperson, Kgoshi Mokoena, expressed devastation, calling for extraordinary measures to curb the alarming trend. He proposes a pilot project to assess alternative initiation school methods.