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Manhunt for bogus surgeons launched after death of initiates

Eastern Cape authorities have launched a manhunt for two bogus surgeons who allegedly illegally circumcised about 30 boys.

FILE: Police and parents have raided unregistered initiation schools in the East London area. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Eastern Cape authorities have launched a manhunt for two bogus surgeons who allegedly illegally circumcised about 30 boys.

They are on the run after police and parents raided unregistered initiation schools in the East London area.

Provincial authorities arrested 11 illegal surgeons and traditional nurses last week.

The intensified crackdown comes after two initiates died in a fire in Qumbu, where 25 others were hospitalised for burn wounds and smoke inhalation over the weekend.

Eastern Cape government spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said: “The death of the two initiates brings the number of victims during the winter season to four. The police will conduct a raid and effect possible arrests where necessary.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)