Circumcision toll now 33

2010-06-24 09:15

Yet another would-be initiate has died at an illegal circumcision

school in the Eastern Cape.

The death brings the toll for this winter’s circumcision season to


Health department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said this morning he

was on his way to the village of Moyeni near Libode, where a youth had died only

hours earlier.

He said: “What is upsetting is that last week we went there and the

villagers hid these boys away. Now they are calling us when this boy is dead.

It’s very upsetting and unnecessary, because we could have saved this


He said when department officials raided the school last week they

managed to rescue only one boy, who was still being treated in hospital for

dehydration and septicaemia.

News of the death came as traditional leaders sought to extend a

moratorium on circumcision to the whole of Pondoland.

Two would-be initiates died yesterday, one at Machibi village near

Port St Johns and the other in the Lusikisiki area.

Scores of victims of botched circumcisions are being treated in

hospitals in the region.

This week alone, doctors at St Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lusikisiki

amputated two gangrenous penises, while their counterparts at Nelson Mandela

Academic Hospital in Mthatha performed more than a dozen partial amputations to

remove gangrenous tissue.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.