The Free State police, on Wednesday, confirmed the arrest of three initiation school teachers for allegedly assaulting an initiate Sabata Tladi.
The victim, 36, was reportedly assaulted on December 07, 2016 at Hapashasha initiation school situated in one of Rosendal farms.
The police related that the initiate was assaulted with a stick and dragged with a running horse that was allegedly driven by one of his teachers. He was later admitted to the Senekal hospital.
The incidence, however, came to light when an initiation inspector deployed to the school heard the matter. The inspector took up the matter and reported it to the police.
The inspector allegedly found the victim with assault injuries all over the body before taking him to Rosendal police station, where he opened a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Buzzsouthafrica learned that the three initiation school teachers aged between 27 and 49 and were later arrested and detained for assaulting the initiate.
Police spokesperson Captain Phumelelo Dhlamini said the three teachers will appear in the Ficksburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 22, December 2016.
The captain also disclosed that the initiation school has been closed while the remaining initiates have been sent to other initiation schools.
“The initiation school has been closed down and the rest of the initiates have been transferred to another legal initiation school in Rosendal,” Dhlamini added.
In the South African calendar, the winter season signals the start of the initiation period which will see many young males across the country preparing to take part in the tradition – which many believe is a period of passage from childhood to adulthood.
Sadly, the country has witnessed deaths of many initiates during this transition, which prompted an outcry from many stakeholders.
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In 2015, during winter and summer initiation seasons, approximately 101 initiates lost their lives (mostly in the Eastern Cape). This year, the death toll rose to 10 in Eastern Cape. Eastern Cape
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