Friday, June 30, 2006

Initiation victim starves to death

By Odette Ismail

Eastern Cape police and health department officials yesterday arrested 6 people involved in running illegal circumcision schools. The body of an uncircumcised 17-year-old boy was found in Ntabankulu near Mthatha. It is reported that the he starved to death. Eastern Cape Provincial health department spokesman, Sizwe Kupelo, says rescuers found the boy dead amongst 21 other boys in the region. The boys had been kept over 3 weeks and were not allowed to have food. Survivors were taken to hospital and are being treated for starvation. The death toll has now risen to 11 in the province since the start of the initiation season. A postmortem will be conducted on the boy and a case of murder is to be opened.

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