Ngqeleni teens arrested after performing illegal circumcision on 16-year-old

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Mar 21, 2019Ngqeleni – In an effort to address deaths that often occur at illegal circumcision schools in the Eastern Cape, Ngqeleni police detectives arrested two suspects, aged 18 and 19 years old, for performing unlawful circumcision.According to police information, the duo were busted by Ngqeleni Detectives in the early hours of Wednesday at Dumasi Locality in Ngqeleni.”The two were arrested after they allegedly unlawfully circumcised a 16-year-old boy at the same locality on Saturday,” said police spokesperson, Captain Dineo Koena.”They will be appearing before the Ngqeleni Magistrate’s Court on Friday.”The arrests were welcomed by the Mthatha SAPS Cluster Commander, Brigadier Mandlakhe Twala.”In order for us to fight deaths and assaults that occur during circumcision it is good that we arrest those doing it unlawfully. Those that keep on doing it should be brought to book and face the might of the law,” said Brig Twala.”We advise people to go to their local chiefs in order for them to get the correct information before taking their sons for circumcision.”Illegal circumcision schools in the Eastern CapeAt the end of December last year, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) said there had been 34 reported deaths of initiates at the start of the summer circumcision season – with 20 of them coming from the Eastern Cape.Over 400 initiates have died nationwide at mostly illegal circumcision schools since 2012.Eastern Cape Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC Fikile Xasa in December also welcomed the arrest of 12 people in relation to unlawful circumcision.The 12 were arrested across various parts of the province for unlawful circumcision.A bogus traditional surgeon, a parent and a grandfather were among those arrested.Follow more RNEWS articles, subscribe to our YouTube channel and for breaking news LIKE us on Facebook. For news on the Western Cape click here.

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