3 held for Eastern Cape illegal circumcisions

2014-12-09 13:29

Three people have been arrested for allegedly performing unlawful circumcisions in the Mbizana municipality, the Eastern Cape co-operative governance and traditional affairs department says.

Parents blamed as 13 initiates die in Eastern Cape

2014-07-01 11:02

The Eastern Cape health department says 13 initiates have already died since the beginning of the winter initiation season, and has blamed parents for some of the problems.

20 initiation schools fail to comply - report

2014-06-16 14:02

At least 20 Mpumalanga initiation school applications have been withdrawn after they were found to not conform with the required standards, a report says.

Motsoaledi: Don't let thugs kill children

2014-06-12 21:19

Parents must report illegal initiation schools and not allow "thugs" to kill children in pursuit of profit, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has said.

23 face charges for initiation deaths - NPA

2014-06-03 14:51

The NPA says 23 people will be prosecuted for the deaths of at least 30 young men during last year's initiation season in Mpumalanga.

'Radical' plan to curb initiation deaths

2014-05-28 11:01

A "radical" plan will be introduced to curb deaths at initiation schools in South Africa, the Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA says.

Graphic circumcision website causes furore

2014-01-28 13:12

Chilling images of deformed penises on a website slamming botched traditional circumcisions in South Africa have raised the ire of cultural commentators.(Warning: website contains graphic images)

Initiate dies in North West

2013-12-28 14:32

North West police are investigating the death of a 17-year-old initiate at an initiation school in Christiana.

Modise condemns illegal initiation schools

2013-12-22 22:11

North West Premier Thandi Modise has called for a clamp down on illegal initiation schools following the death of two initiates.

Initiation deaths likened to genocide

2013-08-06 10:26

An Eastern Cape senior traditional leader has likened the AmaMpondo nation's initiation death toll to genocide.

F State men held over initiation death

2013-07-17 20:22

Police say four Free State men have been arrested after the death of an 18-year-old initiate near Odendaalsrus.

Chiefs should 'pay' for initiate deaths

2013-07-14 14:00

Eastern Cape MEC for health Sicelo Gqobana has proposed that the pay of tribal chiefs and headmen in whose areas there have been initiation atrocities should be docked.

Initiate death: Premier wants action

2013-07-01 11:50

Officials should clamp down on initiation schools that operate outside the law, North West Premier Thandi Modise has urged.

E Cape uses 4x4s to tackle circumcisions

2013-06-16 22:23

The Eastern Cape health department has allocated 37 4x4s to take on illegal circumcision schools in the province.

Bail hearing set for initiation school 5

2013-01-12 18:49

The bail hearing of five people accused of abuse at an initiation school in Hartswater in the Northern Cape will begin on 23 January.

SACP worried over circumcision deaths

2012-07-04 20:32

The high number of deaths at circumcision schools in the Eastern Cape required action, says the SA Communist Party.

Four held for initiation deaths

2012-07-03 19:11

Four men have appeared in the Botshabelo Magistrate's Court in connection with the deaths of four boys at a initiation school, Free State police say.

Initiate dies trying to escape school

2011-12-15 14:42

A teenager has died after being assaulted by workers at a North West initiation school for trying to escape, police say.

Illegal Limpopo initiation school shut down

2011-07-07 15:35

An illegal initiation school at a village in Limpopo has been shut down and 112 males were rescued from it and taken to a legal institution.

Man dies during initiation ceremony

2011-06-22 09:08

A 22-year-old man died after being circumcised in an initiation ceremony in Cabekwana, near Lusikisiki, bringing the number of June initiation deaths to three.

Legislation wanted for initiation schools

2011-06-14 17:10

There needs to be national legislation on initiation schools as illegal schools are diminishing the appreciation of the cultural value of male initiation, says a cultural group.

Illegal initiation school owner held

2011-04-20 15:30

A man has been arrested in Pretoria for operating an illegal initiation school. It had already performed circumcisions on three males.

Initiate stabbed, abducted

2010-12-30 13:36

A youth has been stabbed, apparently with a spear, when he tried to run away from an initiation school in the Lady Frere area of the Eastern Cape.

ECape circumcision toll at 14

2010-12-17 11:32

The summer circumcision season death toll in the Eastern Cape has risen to 14, the provincial health department says.

Teen killed ahead of initiation

2010-11-19 14:17

A 16-year-old boy has been killed during the "umguyo" traditional ceremony outside Butterworth, Eastern Cape police say.


4 in court for illegal circumcisions

2014-07-05 10:00

Four people have appeared in the Libode Magistrate's Court in the Eastern Cape in connection with illegal circumcisions, the National Prosecuting Authority has said.

Initiation schools must abide by act - NPA

2014-06-26 08:24

Initiation schools should abide by the Children's Act when performing circumcision on boys, the National Prosecuting Authority says.

Four young men die during initiation

2014-06-13 12:50

The number of boys dying during initiations countrywide is alarming. Four have already died this year, one in the Eastern Cape and three in Mpumalanga.

Four initiation deaths this year

2014-06-12 17:50

Four young men have died since the start of the winter initiation season this year, Deputy Traditional Affairs Minister Obed Bapela says.

Initiation open to abuse - Contralesa

2014-05-30 17:06

The practice of initiation has become open to abuse by people seeing it as an opportunity to make money, the Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA has said at the launch of a campaign to deal with initiations this winter.

Initiation school owner found guilty

2014-02-07 09:19

The owner of an initiation school has been found guilty of culpable homicide in the Northern Cape High Court after the death of a female initiate, according to a report.

Meeting called over initiation deaths

2014-01-05 12:12

The co-operative governance and traditional affairs department has summoned all Mpondo chiefs to a meeting after yet another deadly circumcision season in the Eastern Cape.

Initiation school refuses medical help

2013-12-27 21:50

The rights of three initiates have been violated in Matatiele in the Eastern Cape, the health department says.

Two die at N West initiation school

2013-12-22 21:06

Two youths have died at an initiation school in Makwaneng, Amalia, North West police say.

Apology for initiation deaths

2013-08-02 21:08

Traditional leaders have apologised to the country for the recent spate of deaths among young men at initiation schools, saying these deaths must be curbed.

N Cape initiation bosses appear

2013-07-15 19:26

Two men accused of running an illegal initiation school have been denied bail in the Barkly West Magistrate’s Court.

ANCYL wants initiation school regulated

2013-07-10 15:47

The ANC Youth League gas called for initiation schools to be regulated by government and traditional leaders.

Initiate's feet partially amputated

2013-06-26 08:41

The deputy minister of police has visited a boy whose feet had to be partially amputated after he was burned and beaten at an initiation school in the Northern Cape.

Parliament set to debate initiate deaths

2013-05-23 13:14

Parliament will probably debate the deaths of initiates at the end of the month, the ANC chief whip’s office says, following the deaths of 33 initiates in Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

Officials meet over circumcision deaths

2012-12-21 13:23

Officials from the national department of health are to meet with Eastern Cape leaders to discuss the deaths of young boys after circumcision.

Circumcision deaths worry MEC

2012-07-03 22:23

The number of deaths at circumcision schools in the Eastern Cape is rising, says Traditional Affairs MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane.

Teen dies at FS initiation school

2011-12-25 15:53

A 16-year-old boy has died after falling ill at an initiation school in Ficksburg in the Free State, police say.

Initiate dies, 3 hurt after assault

2011-07-13 15:48

A 13-year-old boy has died and three others injured after they were allegedly assaulted at an initiation school near Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, police say.

Bogus doctors 'commercialise initiation'

2011-07-02 22:22

Bogus traditional circumcision doctors are commercialising initiation rites, says the Eastern Cape Traditional Affairs MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyana.

Boys rescued from initiation school

2011-06-21 08:52

Twenty one boys have been removed from an illegal initiation school near Port St Johns, Eastern Cape police have said.

'Traditional healer' kidnaps boys

2011-05-24 12:35

A traditional "healer" has reportedly held teenage boys to ransom at an initiation school on the East Rand, demanding money and maize in exchange for their return.

Argument over manhood leads to stabbing

2011-01-17 10:14

An 18-year-old youth has been arrested after stabbing a friend to death during argument over their manhood, Eastern Cape police say.

Officials claim circumcision victory

2010-12-21 19:37

A new strategy to counter circumcision deaths has yielded positive results in the Pondoland area, says Eastern Cape Traditional Affairs MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane.

Eastern Cape initiate deaths rise

2010-12-14 13:35

The circumcision season death toll of initiates in the Eastern Cape has risen to six, says the provincial health department.

MEC to brief king on circumcision

2010-11-03 18:12

KwaZulu-Natal's health MEC will report to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini on the progress of circumcision in the province, the department has said.

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