E Cape uses 4x4s to tackle circumcisions

2013-06-16 22:23

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Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape health department is investigating reported illegal circumcisions in villages in the province, it said on Sunday.

The illegal circumcisions were reportedly taking place in Cibeni, Mkhantatho, Gebali, Lukuni, and KwaGorha villages, spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said.

"At least 70 boys are reported to be in illegal circumcision schools. They are reportedly being circumcised by a boy who is attending the school in the area who is not a recognised district surgeon."

The matter came to light when concerned traditional leaders contacted the department.

"We have also allocated 37 4x4s which are being used by local chiefs and health officials to monitor the situation," he said.

"At this stage no deaths have been reported and we will work with local officials and communities."

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