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The province of Gauteng, South Africa, has been rocked by a tragic incident involving the deaths of two boys who were kidnapped and forced into fake initiation schools.

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) has confirmed the devastating news, highlighting a worrying increase in the number of fraudulent initiation schools in the region.

Over 100 Boys Rescued from Illicit Initiation Schools in Gauteng

In an interview with Newzroom Afrika, CoGTA spokesperson Tiki Kekana disclosed that more than 100 boys have been rescued and reunited with their families after being abducted and taken to various bogus initiation schools throughout Gauteng.

“We have rescued all these children and reunited them with their families. They will receive psycho-social support from the Department of Social Development to help them recover from this traumatic experience,” stated Kekana.

To date, authorities have apprehended three suspects in connection with the kidnappings and the operation of these fake initiation schools.

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Authorities Intensify Crackdown on Illicit Initiation Schools

Kekana highlighted that Tshwane had the highest number of reported kidnappings, with 69 boys being abducted from Winterveld alone.

The kidnappings appear to be financially motivated, with the perpetrators demanding ransom payments from the families of the abducted boys despite killing them.

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“Historically, this practice was unregulated, and both children and parents were coerced into paying fees, similar to school tuition. CoGTA has established an initiation monitoring committee that collaborates closely with the South African Police Service. Upon receiving tips from community members, they can act swiftly with the police to shut down these schools and apprehend the culprits,” explained Kekana.

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