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Thu Nov 27 16:15:23 SAST 2014

Eastern Cape officials to meet on circumcision deaths

Sapa | 21 December, 2012 09:17
Xhosa youths attend a traditional initiation school in Libo in the Eastern Cape. For many, the practice is even more relevant today than in the past
Image by: AFP

Officials from the national department of health will meet with local leaders and officials on Friday to discuss the deaths of young boys after circumcision.

The department will meet with the Eastern Cape MEC for health Sicelo Gqobana, the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders and local government departments in Bhisho, said provincial health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo.

This meeting follows the death of a boy in Mzimvubu this week.

He was the 15th boy to die as a result of a botched circumcision this season.

In June, a total of 49 boys died while undergoing initiation in the mountains.

"The national department of health is expected to present a plan to the province and then there will be discussions that will seek to bring an end to the problem," Kupelo said.


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