Eastern Cape initiate deaths rise

2010-12-14 13:35
Cape Town - The circumcision season death toll in the Eastern Cape has risen to six, the provincial health department said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said an 18-year-old youth died at an initiation school in the Mount Fletcher area on Tuesday morning.

The exact cause of death was unknown, but was understood to be circumcision-related.

The department had learned that a would-be initiate died at Waterfall village in the Mthatha area on Sunday.

The 19-year-old had fallen sick at the initiation school he was attending, and was taken home, where he died.

Kupelo said 12 youths were currently being treated at Mthatha General Hospital for circumcision-related problems.

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