5 held for botched circumcision deaths

2013-07-08 18:09

Johannesburg - Police have arrested five people on suspicion of murder for botched circumcisions, which led to the deaths of about 30 boys in the Eastern Cape, a police spokesperson said on Monday.

Police were also investigating suspected assault, gross bodily harm and unlawful circumcisions that left 300 others injured across the province over the last week, police spokeswoman Sibongile Soci said.

Deaths are mainly caused by blood loss or infection from circumcisions poorly performed by traditional practitioners.

The ANC called the deaths and injuries "tragic" and said the government must act immediately.

"Authorities can no longer pay lip service to dealing with this disaster that afflicts our nation during the traditional initiation season," it said in a statement.

In May, more than 20 youths died in Mpumalanga, prompting rare cross-party calls for reform of the initiation practise.

  • Marthinus Strydom Snr - 2013-07-08 18:29


      Squeegee Pilot - 2013-07-08 18:45

      Cut theirs off... with a blunt blade...

      theO rAcLe - 2013-07-08 20:36

      Savages, uncultured, uneducated, neanderthals....and they want to run a country.

      Joseph Alex - 2013-08-07 22:50

      Love my job, since I've been bringing in $82h… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online…

  • Sthembize Zulu - 2013-07-08 18:30

    About time!

  • Wikus Erasmus - 2013-07-08 18:30

    Arrest the local chiefs and elders too!

  • Lwazi Vukani - 2013-07-08 18:35

    U know people of RSA take mqanduli and xhora hw many deaths occur there,i.e in the eastern cape!

  • Jones Malwela Mosima - 2013-07-08 18:49

    Finally our voices are being heard. Atleast someone is being held accountable. Lock the perpertrators away and search for more. Dr Mo J

  • Andrew Selous - 2013-07-08 18:58

    Going through the motion again.Eish lets wait and see AGAIN.

  • AlbertBrenner - 2013-07-08 19:04

    All cultures are `equal`, remember?! This means that critisizing the motive, methods and consequences of this particular African custom is `racist`, according to the moral Zeitgeist of the month, Pax Americana. Ergo, comparing/juxtaposing, for example, the god-Man`s current health treatment (Western/Modern medicine) with traditional African medicine, eg. sangoma practices, will deemed as `racist``.

  • Jamblik Bartlowitz - 2013-07-08 19:11

    Ja and this is how these people wants to rule a country. We call it the Mandela Legacy.

  • Themba Neville Maluleke - 2013-07-08 19:20

    THIS TRADITIONAL PRACTICE IS bull s****t, every year in the eastern cape young boys loss their life's and still people don't want to learn from this traditional practices#is high time that this practices be burned in south Africa,people must go circumsise in hospitals, moerskondddd!!!!....

      Conrad Fra - 2013-07-09 08:06

      If they want to learn these old traditions then they must go back to the stone age.

  • jungleboy - 2013-07-08 19:38

    Why would anyone want to mulilate a body that has been perfectly created by God?

  • Al Loots - 2013-07-08 19:47

    Tip of the iceberg.

  • Oupa Lamza Molamu - 2013-07-08 19:47

    There is a need to draw a line between culture and benign ignorance.

  • Garth Baldwin - 2013-07-08 20:11

    I believe Darwin has some wisdom to share here.. firstly if man evolved with a foreskin I'm pretty sure it was for a good reason. secondly if you wanna cut the tip if your penis off to prove you are a man and end up dying as a consequence.. stand in line for a Darwin award!!

  • lacrimosewolf - 2013-07-08 20:42

    Eish, you people are so unkind. Not too long ago the currently recognised mainstream religions were also practising 'barbaric', 'primitive' acts. Religious behaviours change as societies converge. The more isolated a culture is, the less likely it will need to change it's ways. We N24 posters, can decide it's unacceptable but it may not be so for the people who believe. We have no stats over time to decide whether these deaths & mutilations are increasing or have always been the norm. Govt has created laws and a registry for initiation schools. The Judiciary is going to have to walk a fine line between the 'modern' laws - Constitution, Human Rights etc - and the tribal laws. Which the establishment of the House of Traditional Leaders sought to cover. It's easy to condemn when you stand outside of something you don't understand. The remedy is not going to come from laws. It's going to come from re-examining beliefs. And that, as was the case for more 'enlightened' beliefs, takes time.

  • Nyaganyaga Ndawonda - 2013-07-09 07:16

    nothing wrong with my scoomba (foreskin) I love it. Just leave it alone. very sensitive nerves there. Circumcision is for people living a hellish life in the desert where there is a shortage of water.

  • Nyaganyaga Ndawonda - 2013-07-09 07:18

    There is no defect in Gods creation. We musn't change anything. Just take a bath at least 2wice daily.

  • Mark Lyndon - 2013-07-09 14:56

    Over a hundred deaths a year, normally some complete penile amputations, and this year at least one castration. The sooner this outdated tradition dies out, the better. No-one becomes a man by having part of their manhood cut off anyway.

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