SHALL WE DIE LAUGHING- OR CRY BECAUSE THE WESTERN WORLD STILL SEE THESE BARBARIC RACE AS " CIVILIZED?"
Nearly 40 killed in botched E Cape circumcisions
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA Jun 28 2010 16:31
The death toll in the Eastern Cape's winter circumcision season has risen to 39, the provincial health department said on Monday.
Spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said the latest deaths had occurred in the Ntabankulu and Engcobo areas of Transkei, and on farms in the Chris Hani district, which includes Queenstown.
National Minister of Traditional Affairs Sicelo Shiceka said on the weekend he was considering regulating initiation schools after ongoing reports of youths dying at illegal schools.
His department was also seeking harsh sentencing for those found to be running illegal schools.
The Eastern Cape already has its own circumcision legislation, but says prosecutions are sometimes hampered by a lack of cooperation from communities and parents.
Kupelo said on Monday his department was sending an official to Mthatha in a bid to persuade municipal councillors to stop issuing death notices for victims of these illegal schools. The notices allowed families to obtain death certificates from the Department of Home Affairs, he said.
"These cannot be treated as natural deaths. These are all police cases, and there must be a post-mortem on every one," he said.
"They [the councillors] should rather notify the police if any deaths are reported to them." -- Sapa
POST SENT BY: R.T (EASTERN CAPE)