56 in hospital after botched circumcisions
Johannesburg - A traditional "surgeon" briefly appeared in the Molopo Magistrate's Court in Mahikeng in the North West on Monday, SABC news reported.
The 60-year-old Mahikeng man was arrested on Friday after 56 initiates were taken to hospital following botched circumcisions.
According to the SABC, numerous complaints by parents to the police preceded his arrest.
It was alleged that the initiates were abducted and taken to the initiation school without their parents' consent.
All the boys were taken to the local hospital for treatment and observation.
The initiation school in Letlhogoring, Mahikeng, was closed down on Wednesday.
The school instructor was arrested for circumcising children under the age of 16 without consent, and faces charges of kidnapping and abducting young boys for his initiation school.
The broadcaster reported that his trial was expected to start on Monday.