Circumcision toll up to six

The circumcision season death toll in Eastern Cape has risen to six, the provincial health department said today.

Spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said an 18-year-old boy died at an initiation school in the Mount Fletcher area this morning.

The exact cause of death was unknown, but was understood to be circumcision-related.

The department had learned that a would-be initiate died at Waterfall village in the Mthatha area on Sunday.


The 19-year-old had fallen sick at the initiation school he was attending, and was taken home, where he died.

Kupelo said 12 teenagers were currently being treated at Mthatha General Hospital for circumcision-related problems.

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