15 E.Cape boys illegally circumcised

2011-06-10 13:22

The Eastern Cape health department is “extremely concerned” about the illegal circumcision of boys as young as 13 years.

Fifteen boys have been illegally circumcised in Swazini, Port St Johns, in the Eastern Cape.

“We are extremely concerned that people in the Port St Johns area are starting to circumcise boys between the ages of 13 and 14 illegally,” spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said.

“We are especially worried because of the terrible weather conditions, considering that the boys have to be in the mountains during this time.”

He said the circumcisions took place before the house of traditional leaders could launch the winter circumcision season.

The provincial health department urged the public to step in and prevent illegal circumcision from happening.

“Last year this time the department was under extreme pressure because of the number of boys admitted to hospital in a critical condition because of illegal circumcision,” Kupelo said.

Every year dozens of youth die in the Eastern Cape after undergoing traditional circumcision.

The department says most of the deaths are related to untreated infection of the wound or to dehydration and the attendant complications. 

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