Penises cut

Six more youths have lost their penises as a result of bungled circumcisions in the Eastern Cape, the provincial health department said yesterday.

Six more youths have lost their penises as a result of bungled circumcisions in the Eastern Cape, the provincial health department said yesterday.

Spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said 18 would-be initiates were admitted to hospital in Port St Johns last week, of whom four had to have their septic penises amputated.

Four others out of the 18 were admitted after being assaulted at the initiation schools they were attending.

Two youths were brought in to the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha last week when their penises detached from their bodies following botched circumcisions.

Kupelo said the death toll in the current winter circumcision season in the province now stood at seven.

A total of 19 surgeons and one nurse had been arrested. - Sapa

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