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Two arrested for operating 'illegal' circumcision schools

By Frank Maponya | Jun 18, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

LIMPOPO initiation schools task team chairperson Khosi Vusani Netshimbupfe yesterday condemned the running of illegal circumcision schools in the province.

He was reacting to an incident in which a school was found to be operating illegally in GaTshesane village in Schoonoord near Jane Furse.

Two men were arrested on Tuesday for operating the school illegally and will soon appear in the Sekhukhune magistrate's court.

Netshimbupfe said the initiates rescued from the school had been admitted at the Jane Furse Hospital, where they were receiving treatment.

He commended the police for their swift action in arresting the culprits.

"It is regrettable that we still have people who take their chances and operate illegal circumcision schools," Netshimbupfe said.

"We will make sure that those who engage in such behaviour are brought to book.

"Running an initiation school without a legal permit is a criminal offence and anyone found to be doing so will face the full might of the law.

"All those who had applied for the permits have been granted one and are operating the schools without any problem."

Netshimbupfe said no deaths of initiates had been reported since the circumcision season started early this month.

"We are working with health officials to ensure that the initiates receive the necessary attention whenever there is a need," he said'


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