Nearly 50 000 circumcised in Mpuma - MEC

2013-05-30 20:45


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Johannesburg - Nearly 50 000 people had been circumcised in Mpumalanga in the past 12 months, Health MEC Candith Mashego-Dlamini said on Thursday.

A Sapa correspondent reported Mashego-Dlamini as saying that 49 609 men underwent circumcision.

"In the 2012/13 financial year the department, in collaboration with other partners, targeted to circumcise 50 000 males.

At the end of the financial year, at least 49 609 males were circumcised," she said at the tabling of her R8bn 2013/2014 budget in the legislature in Mbombela.

Last week, Mpumalanga police said 30 boys had died in initiation schools in the past two weeks.

The deaths were found to be caused by hypothermia and excessive bleeding.

Mashego-Dlamini said the deaths of the initiates should not rule out the role of traditional surgeons in the province.

Her department was working with the co-operative governance officials, the SA Police Service and the House of Traditional Leaders to ensure those found negligent faced the law.

"We will monitor these surgeons very closely every time there is initiation."

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