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Two in dock for initiation kidnap

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File photo: About 40 boys have died in this initiation season, most of them in the Eastern Cape and five in Mpumalanga.

Leandra - Two men accused of kidnapping a group of initiates and taking them to a rival initiation school appeared in the Leslie Periodical Court on Monday, Mpumalanga police said.

The matter was postponed to July 28 for further investigations. Mamake Ditsego, 35, and Ntobeko Swartberg, 27 were released on a warning, Sergeant Gerald Sedibe said.

The two face charges of kidnapping, assault and negligent discharge of ammunition.

On Thursday night, they allegedly went to an initiation school in Lebohang township, Leandra, with a firearm. They allegedly held the caretakers at the school at gunpoint and forcefully took 16

initiates to their own school, in the same area.

“In the process they fired a shot, scaring the people to adhere to their demands, and destroyed their property.”

The men were arrested on Friday.

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