When circumcision can mean death in South Africa

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Many boys and young men have died  in South Africa from injuries sustained during ritual circumcision.

This has led to renewed calls for more effective regulation of the so-called “traditional surgeons” who carry out the procedure.

The lure of financial gain has resulted in an increase in illegal initiation schools in rural areas.

BBC Africa’s Nomsa Maseko reports from the Eastern Cape.

First Published: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-africa-23378694/when-circumcision-can-mean-death-in-south-africa


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One thought on “When circumcision can mean death in South Africa

  • 3rd January 2019 at 4:22 pm

    453 males died of circumcision in the Eastern Cape Province in a seven year period, and there were also 214 pen-le amputations. Google “ulwaluko” for gruesome photos of the results. The sooner this outdated tradition dies out, the better. No-one becomes a man by having parts of their manhood cut off anyway.


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