Initiation death toll rises

2010-06-21 13:10

Three more initiates have died in the Eastern Cape, bringing the death toll in recent weeks to 25.

Provincial health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo confirmed that another boy had died following his circumcision. Two more died in a fire during their initiation.

These deaths occurred in the past two weeks, said Kupelo.

Sixty boys were recently rescued from 11 initiation schools. Kupelo said of the 60, four are facing their genitals being amputated due to circumcisions taking place at initiation schools.

They are being treated at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.

“If the four boys do not have their genitals removed it could also result in death,” he said.

He added that the doctors were awaiting consent from their parents to perform the procedures.

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