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TWO YOUNG MEN SUCCUMBED AFTER CIRCUMCISION: NELSPRUIT
2022/05/03      |  Written By:  Colonel D Mdhluli   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 03 May 2022 – The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela was moved by the death of two young men who succumbed on separate incidents related to circumcision. The incidents are said to have occurred on Friday, 29 April 2022 at Verena and Laersdrift respectively.

According to the information, on Friday 03h30 am Thomas Ntuli, aged 19 was taken to a local clinic by his family after reports that he had some complications at the initiation school that he was in subsequent to circumcision related procedure performed on him. It is further said that whilst the medical staff at the clinic was busy attending to him, he unfortunately passed on.

Police at Verena were alerted about the incident and a case of culpable homicide was opened for investigation.

Meanwhile a similar incident occurred at Laersdrift on the same Friday around 09h00 am whereby Sibusiso Masombuka, aged 18 passed away following reports that he developed some complications after he too went for circumcision at another initiation school a day prior to his demise.

It is further reported that on the sad day at about 06h00 am Masombuka complained about being dizzy then he was removed from the other fellows so that he could get some space to breathe. His condition is said to have deteriorated whereby his parents were notified and the medical personnel were summoned to the scene where he was sadly certified dead. The police were also informed where upon their arrival, an inquest case was opened for investigation.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has since sent her sincere condolences to the families of the deceased. The General further made a clarion call for the investigation team to be given a space to probe both incidents.