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Eastern Cape initiation deaths at 13

By Sapa | Jul 01, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 98 ]

"The worst affected area is Mthatha in the OR Tambo region where health centres are clogged. Boys are brought in with their penises practically falling off," Kupelo said.

The number of initiates who have died in the Eastern Cape since the beginning of the winter initiation season was revised to 13 by the province's health department on Tuesday.

Spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said he had been informed that 13 people had died so far, and not 14 as he had earlier said.

Kupelo expressed concern over the death toll and the extent of injuries sustained during the traditional ritual.

Hospitals were severely overcrowded by initiates seeking emergency medical assistance.

"The worst affected area is Mthatha in the OR Tambo region where health centres are clogged. Boys are brought in with their penises practically falling off," Kupelo said.

The already constrained health system in the province was suffering a setback because of the initiation season.

"The day to day work by health workers is severely affected, the department is spending R1000 on each initiate brought in for treatment," said Kupelo.

The department had set aside R20 million to intervene and help the initiates.

Private healthcare services and an additional 37 SUV vehicles have been hired to get health workers to initiates in the mountains.

The parents of the initiates were to blame for some of the problems experienced, he said.

Parents allowed criminals masquerading as circumcision experts to circumcise their children. The parents also denied health workers access so they could examine the boys, Kupelo said.

"In one instance, a young boy died a day after his father refused him access to a health worker. That parent must be held accountable."

Kupelo said the department urged police and the National Prosecuting Authority to bring criminal charges against the perpetrators.

The Mthatha area had seen criminals "milking" the custom to their advantage while putting the lives of young boys at risk.

"We want law enforcement to charge them with murder wherever a life is lost. These criminals use the same instrument on all boys, increasing the risk of contracting HIV/Aids and other diseases. The initiates are very young and their lives are in danger on a daily basis," he said.

 

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Papage

We dont like our Boys, period, evry year in and out they die at these schools and we continue to say the schools are right, what is wrong with a Black person mara?

Jul 01, 2014 10:14 | 1 replies

LaliboyEC

legal initiation schools are registered and all its initiates have to have a medical certificate from a GP and no one dies, some of these kids opt to run away home to illegal ones that is where these things happen.

Jul 01, 2014 11:8 | 0 replies

kukuyalethosa1

These fools are insulting my culture.

Jul 01, 2014 10:16 | 0 replies

Grid_lock

not bad, the republic is less 13 future liars/crooks. kana maxhosa i dont understand daai tribe. jus too bad that no xhosa woman is on the 13

Jul 01, 2014 10:20 | 0 replies

oldlady12

Eish, I know we have a problem with over population, but isn't there a safer way of sterelising our boys?

Jul 01, 2014 10:26 | 0 replies

MommaC

How do you let your 'culture' be insulted like this? This isn't 'tradition', this is disgrace

Jul 01, 2014 10:28 | 0 replies

Mellow.Y?

Iyoooo like practicaally practically practically falling off? Ncncncncncnc shame mara ka nnete how could they?

Jul 01, 2014 10:33 | 0 replies

$erobapipi

Xhosa will loose these boys each year bcoz of this stupid culture , anyway 13 is less compare to 200 girls missing at Nigeria

Jul 01, 2014 10:37 | 2 replies

Skopokopoza

Choma morning, what do you say now? Lives have been lost here.

Jul 01, 2014 10:53 | 1 replies

$erobapipi

why risk young boys lives to do this stupid thing, just bcoz they think they are now MEN, this is stupid we have safe centres to do this, pain free,

Jul 01, 2014 11:2 | 2 replies

Skopokopoza

Yes true choma but the loss of one person is painful then what about 12 lives

Jul 01, 2014 11:24 | 0 replies

1987saj

no one is risking their lives, they are the ones who give their parents sleepless nights demanding the parents to send them to the mountains.

Jul 01, 2014 1:26 | 0 replies

LaliboyEC

Says the tribalist misinformed village idiot, bravos small boy you continue to excel in stupidity

Jul 01, 2014 10:57 | 1 replies

$erobapipi

Aggg, shut up wena your pip! was cut by an old madala using a broken bottle

Jul 01, 2014 11:3 | 0 replies

JTumelo

There is actually more people that die from medical surgery than the number of boys that die in these schools. But 14 boys is still high number.

Jul 01, 2014 10:41 | 2 replies

oldlady12

JTumelo, proof of that statement please.

Jul 01, 2014 10:48 | 1 replies

JTumelo

Oldlady12. Read this article and will find more for you. http://www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj/article/view/6308/4856

Jul 01, 2014 11:4 | 1 replies

oldlady12

JTumelo, got you. You're not talking medical circumcision deaths, but general medical deaths. Thanks for that. But we then have to work out percentages, because many more people receive medical procedures than boys go to initiation schools.

Jul 01, 2014 11:32 | 1 replies

JTumelo

Oldlady. Not medical circumcisions, just surgery in general is not any safer. medical circumcisions at hospital are probably safer than in the bush.

Jul 01, 2014 11:50 | 1 replies

oldlady12

JTumelo, so can't we then rather just have the circumcision part of the initiation done in a hospital? At least we then know who to hold responsible if anything goes wrong. I'm really scared for these boys. Scared of what will become of them afterwards too. Something like that is not easily forgotten, and guaranteed some of them will want to take some form of revenge some or other time.

Jul 01, 2014 12:35 | 0 replies

MommaC

Honey, if I go in with a bust blood vessel, I know I am already at death's door. You can't compare sick people dying to healthy young men being killed

Jul 01, 2014 11:6 | 0 replies

SeshegoGuY

I thought these schools are registered with Government...So there must be a proper investigation and someone must pay!!!

Jul 01, 2014 10:44 | 0 replies

s.cold

AND YOU DONT WANNA IMAGINE THE PAIN CAUSED,,,I WAS TOLD THAT AFTER THIS PRACTICE I MUST WAIT FOR 6 WEEKS BEFORE I MEET WITH MY PARTNER AND MINA NGOKUPHAPHA NGAMBHEBHA BEFORE THAT NGIZENZA U CLEVA,,,,HEY IKHINQI LEPIP!(UMBRELA LIKE PART IN THE PEN!S) LACISHE LAWA IPIP! LIVUVUKELE LOPHA IGAZI,,,,,,,EISH NGABA STRESSED UNTIL NGASIZWA OMUNYE U DOCTOR NGABE ANGINAPIPI FUTHI NGABE SENGAZIBULALA,,,,,,,,YOU ARE REGARDED AS A DEAD PERSON IF USUNGENAPIPI

Jul 01, 2014 10:46 | 1 replies

skopomashwabana

heita. what was the point of you going to initiation school?

Jul 01, 2014 10:57 | 1 replies

s.cold

UKUPHUMA EKUBENI INKWEKWE BESE UBA INDODA,,,,,,,,,,AT THAT TIME BESINGAFUNI UKUYA ESIBHEDLELA COS YOU WERE REGARDED AS U CHEESE BOY NOT A REAL MEN,,,,,,,,,,,UFUNDISWA I RESPECT,SAFE SEX,BEHAVIOUR,IZIFO ZOCANSI KANYE NOKUBHEBHA OKUPHEPHILE

Jul 01, 2014 11:8 | 1 replies

skopomashwabana

oh ok. thanks jita!

Jul 01, 2014 11:15 | 0 replies

Mokwepa

Blacks,Blacks,Blacks,Blacks

Jul 01, 2014 10:47 | 0 replies