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Girl 'circumcises' boy, 5, at school

By unknown | Jun 17, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Victor Hlungwani

A five-year-old Limpopo pupil has been subjected to a botched circumcision by a five-year-old girl pupil in an incident that has set tongues wagging in Giyani.

The shocking incident happened during a school lesson at the Jim Nghalalume Primary School.

It is alleged that Martin Hlungwani, 5, a grade R pupil from Nghalalume village was circumcised by the 5-year-old girl on Thursday.

His guardian, Maria Makhubele, said the boy was well when he left for school. But things when he came back from school he was crying.

"Late in the evening, when I took him for a bath, I discovered that his penis was swollen and bleeding," Makhubele said.

"I called my neighbours to show them what had happened to the boy, before calling an ambulance.

"I spent the whole night in the Nkhesani Hospital, where the doctor removed the hanging foreskin."

She said she did not know exactly what type of an instrument had been used but was unhappy that the incident had happened during school hours.

"Other children who heard about the incident told us that Martin had screamed when the girl performed the circumcision on him.

One of the teachers allegedly ignored the information when other children alerted her tot the incident.

The teacher responded by saying, "Martin is a naughty boy", Makhubele said.

The boy was admitted to hospital and discharged later the same day. He is in a stable condition.

Department of Education spokesman Dou Magala said they would investigate the matter.

Sowetan learnt on Friday that the school had arranged a meeting at one another and decided not take the matter any further. The matter was not reported to the police.


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