Three initiates were killed and two seriously injured by
lightning on New Years Day, provincial health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo
He said the five were from Maqhubela village near Lady Frere, Eastern Cape. Kupelo
explained that the three critically injured young men were rushed to hospital
but were certified dead on arrival.
“A fourth sustained burns on his right
leg and on his lower back and a fifth was treated for shock,” Kupelo said.
He said paramedics had to treat the one boy at the boma where they were staying
as he was refusing to go to hospital. Those who died were: Bongani Moli, 30,
Mawande Qutywa, 19, Xolani Mntuyedwa, 19. He said this brought the initiate
death toll in the province to 38.