Botched circumcisions lead to arrest for murder

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 14 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:647

Police in South Africa have arrested a traditional “surgeon” and charged him with murder after the deaths of four Xhosa initiates in Lusikisi, a small village in the Eastern Cape province last month. More than 60 others were admitted to hospital with septic wounds after the botched circumcisions. Around 26 of the young men, aged about 18 years, had plastic and reconstructive surgery on their penises by teams of doctors flown into the region. The project was funded …

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