June 7, 2013
Dept sued over circumcision
The national and Mpumalanga health departments are being sued for R10.7-million [$US 1.07 million] after a botched circumcision in which a nine-year-old boy lost the tip of his penis.
A Sapa correspondent reported on Friday that the boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, was mutilated at Barberton Hospital five years ago.
"The matter has been referred to the State attorney, as we were sued for alleged medical negligence for an amount of R10.7-million," Mpumalanga health spokesperson Ronnie Masilela said.
"At this stage, we have only received a letter of demand and summons will surely be served, but it has not yet been served."
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