Circumcision toll tops 40

2009-07-09 15:26

Cape Town - The death toll in the Eastern Cape's winter circumcision season had reached 41, the provincial health department said on Thursday.

Spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the most recent deaths were of two boys at initiation schools in the Mthatha area on Wednesday night.

Autopsies were being done on all the youths to establish causes of death.

He said 53 youths rescued from illegal schools were currently being treated at hospitals in Mthatha, 26 at St Barnabas Hospital in Libode, 27 at Canzibe in Ngqeleni and 34 at St Elizabeth in Lusikisiki.

Kupelo said the department was advertising 33 new posts on its circumcision team as a matter of urgency.