Public protector to probe initiation deaths

Deputy public protector Kevin Malunga (Gallo)

Deputy public protector Kevin Malunga (Gallo)

"Malunga [has] offered his office as a platform for constructive and impartial dialogue to deal with the problem of deaths in the initiation schools," Malunga's office said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a youth month event in Apel, Limpopo, Malunga said his office had been pained by the recent reports of botched circumcisions in the province and in Mpumalanga.

"In this era of advanced medical technology, there is no reason why anyone should die or be dehumanised as a result of a botched circumcision," he said.

Malunga said tradition, science and government could meet each other halfway in resolving a painful and unnecessary blight on the future of youth in the country.

He told locals that his office was in the process of opening a regional service point in Thohoyandou in order to reach out and help more people.

Limpopo, which is home to more than five million citizens, would now have two Public Protector offices.

Malunga said while this might not be enough to meet the needs of provincial residents, it would bring relief to the solitary office located in Polokwane. – Sapa

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