Botched circumcisions claims four


The Eastern Cape Department of Health has confirmed the death’s four initiates following botched traditional circumcisions in the province so far.

Speaking in a statement, department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said that the young men had been from the Port St Johns, Qumbu, Ngqeleni, and Chris Hani districts, adding that the former had suffered a septic penis and swollen knee, suggesting that he might have beaten during the ceremony.

“The 29-year-old initiate from Qumbu is suspected to have defaulted from his chronic medication but confirmation will be revealed today after an autopsy,” News24 quoted him saying.

“Another boy is being treated at Mthatha Regional Hospital for a fractured arm and septic penis. At least one boy may lose his penis and has been referred to Nelson Mandela Regional Hospital”.

Kupelo earlier this month confirmed that around 10 teenagers have so far been admitted to hospitals due to bungled circumcisions.