EC Teenager Hospitalized After ‘Gang Rape’ At Initiation School

EC Teenager Hospitalized After ‘Gang Rape’ At Initiation School

Umgidi is a joyous occasion for a young man returning from initiation school, but an East London teenager’s homecoming party was cut short when his family learned he had been gang raped by men at the school.

The Buffalo Flats grade 10 student is being treated in hospital. According to Warrant Officer Majola Nkohli, a rape investigation is underway.

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The teen’s aunt said she was shocked when he told her about the alleged violation on Sunday. On June 19, he received the ceremonies and rituals of manhood.

On Saturday, the family gathered to welcome the young man home. “We could see he was not well,” she said.

“We took him to hospital thinking he was sick. When nurses raised flags that there was something wrong with him, he said he had been raped.

“We took him to the Empilweni clinic, but he was transferred to [Cecilia Makiwane Hospital] and admitted in the early hours of Monday.

“It was him and a schoolmate in that initiation school. He said he had not told us sooner because those men had threatened to kill him. He said six men did that to him, but has so far given us only two names.”

According to the woman, the teen was traumatized and in pain. “We opened a case on Monday, but no-one has been arrested yet. We want the people who did this to be arrested.

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“When a male person comes to his ward, he becomes scared. He is scared for his life and even wants to relocate. He needs counselling.”

Petros Majola, a child rights activist, has called for immediate arrests. Majola demanded that the traditional surgeon and nurses who were caring for the teenager at the school be arrested.

“Indeed, we have received the sad news of the alleged rape of umkhwetha in Buffalo Flats,” said Eastern Cape co-operative governance and traditional affairs spokesperson Mamkeli Ngam.

“Our monitoring teams working with the SAPS are following up on the matter.”

Nkosi Mpumalanga Gwadiso, chair of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders, has called for the arrest of those responsible for the “shocking” incident.

“That is not part of initiation. This must be investigated by the police. We will rely on the investigation.”

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