June 18, 2013
Man shot dead at E Cape initiation school
A man has been shot dead at an initiation school near Bityi early on Tuesday morning, say Eastern Cape police.
"An unknown man entered [the school] during the night and shot and killed a 22-year-old circumcision traditional surgeon," Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said on Tuesday.
He said a 21-year-old man, who was also responsible for the initiates, was wounded.
"The motive is unclear," Fatyela said.
No arrests have been made and police were investigating the murder and attempted murder.
The surgeon's death came a few weeks after the spotlight fell on traditional circumcision since the death of 27 boys at initiation schools in Mpumalanga.
Eastern Cape statistics
Of the three provinces in which initiation is most commonly practiced, the M&G was only able to get statistics from one, the Eastern Cape.
In that province, the death toll for the five years from 2008 to 2012 was 323. During that time, a further 126 boys suffered genital amputations.