Thursday, November 30, 2006

Initiate dies in hospital after circumcision

By Odette Ismail
30 November 2006

An 18-year-old initiate has died in Mthatha’s Nelson Mandela Academy Hospital.

He was taken to hospital after showing signs of gangrene of the genitals, dehydration and hallucinations.

This is the first report in the Eastern Cape of a circumcision death this season, according to the Cape Times.

Sizwe Kupelo, provincial health department spokesperson said the case was being investigated. He says the traditional nurse responsible for his care might be questioned.

Kupelo confirms that two fake doctors were arrested yesterday in connection with four unlawful circumcisions. They are to appear in court soon.

The man by the name “Mr Chicken” still at large, is believed to have circumcised 70 young boys in 10 days.

So far nine deaths have been reported in the Libode area during winter due to circumcision-related deaths.

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