Circumcision toll now 33

2010-06-24 09:15

Yet another would-be initiate has died at an illegal circumcision

school in the Eastern Cape.

The death brings the toll for this winter’s circumcision season to

33.

Health department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said this morning he

was on his way to the village of Moyeni near Libode, where a youth had died only

hours earlier.

He said: “What is upsetting is that last week we went there and the

villagers hid these boys away. Now they are calling us when this boy is dead.

It’s very upsetting and unnecessary, because we could have saved this

boy.”

He said when department officials raided the school last week they

managed to rescue only one boy, who was still being treated in hospital for

dehydration and septicaemia.

News of the death came as traditional leaders sought to extend a

moratorium on circumcision to the whole of Pondoland.

Two would-be initiates died yesterday, one at Machibi village near

Port St Johns and the other in the Lusikisiki area.

Scores of victims of botched circumcisions are being treated in

hospitals in the region.

This week alone, doctors at St Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lusikisiki

amputated two gangrenous penises, while their counterparts at Nelson Mandela

Academic Hospital in Mthatha performed more than a dozen partial amputations to

remove gangrenous tissue.

 


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