The 2019 summer initiation season post-mortem has cited poor participation from parents and families as one of the root causes of deaths of initiates in the Eastern Cape.
The head of urology at the Nelson Mandela Academic hospital in the Eastern Cape, Mbuyiselo Madiba has called for a pause in traditional circumcisions to assess why 17 initiates have already died in the province.
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize has met with traditional leaders from the Eastern Cape to discuss the deaths of initiates.
Another initiate has died at Maluti in the north of the Eastern Cape. This is the 15th initiate to die in the province since the launch of the summer initiation season, and the fourth death in the Alfred Nzo district.