CNS Reporter/ Nyambeni Mandiwana
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10 Jul 2015
2:29 pm

Mentally challenged man circumcised illegally, dies

CNS Reporter/ Nyambeni Mandiwana

Police in Limpopo have opened an inquest docket after a mentally challenged 25-year-old died at the hands of an illegal initiation school in the Sekhukhune district.

FILE PICTURE: Initiates.(Photo by Gallo Images / City Press /Leon Sadiki)

According to provincial police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto, the man somehow arrived at the Skinot initiation school, where a surgeon circumcised him, allegedly without requesting permission from his parents, Capricorn Review reported.

On Sunday morning the man requested permission to go to the toilet. He then fled from the school.

A search was made by the head boys and the leadership of the school until they found him on the mountain. He was taken to a nearby clinic where he died.

Later that week, six people were arrested for murder in Ikageng, near Potchefstroom, in the North West following the death of a teenage boy at an initiation school.

Captain Paul Ramaloko said the 17-year-old boy died on Wednesday at an unauthorised initiation school.

“Upon arrival at the school, police found 37 initiates, and a number of them were in a bad state of health. When asked to produce documents for running the school the owner could not. He was subsequently arrested,” Ramaloko said.

On Friday the department of traditional affairs deputy minister, Obed Bapela, said government, along with traditional leaders, had developed a “battle plan” to curb fatalities in illegal initiation schools.

“However, every year we seem to be dealing with the same problem: children who go to illegal schools end up in hospital [because of] botched operations,” he said, speaking on SA FM.

Bapela went on to liken the deaths at illegal initiation schools to the Marikana Massacre before adding that the department may have to declare a state of emergency in certain areas of the country where these illegal schools were run.

– Caxton News Service