Boys beaten for not being circumcised

ATTACKED: Thabo Malatji showsthe marks on his back after he was allegedly assaulted at an initiation school. Pic. Michael Sakuneka. 07/2008.  Sowetan.
ATTACKED: Thabo Malatji showsthe marks on his back after he was allegedly assaulted at an initiation school. Pic. Michael Sakuneka. 07/2008. Sowetan.

Michael Sakuneka

With a few days left before circumcised initiates could graduate, an initiation school head at Relela village in Bolobedu, Limpopo, is being sought by police.

This after he and his initiates allegedly brutally assaulted four youths who went to the school to pay the fees of one of the initiates.

Masilo Makwela, 15, Sello Monyela, 17, and Thabo Malatji, had accompanied a friend, Sello Malatji, to the school on Sunday to pay the initiation fee for his brother who was registered with the school.

On their arrival they were attacked after being accused of not having been circumcised themselves.

Three of the boys managed to escape and the fourth was later rescued by the police.

The "principal" and his initiates were also accused of stealing cellphones belonging to Sello and Masilo, worth more than R3000.

The victims were admitted to the Letaba Hospital in NkowaNkowa outside Tzaneen on Monday. They were treated and discharged.

The police are investigating a case of assault.

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