But human rights activists have called for an end to dangerous cultural traditions after 42 boys died from botched circumcisions in just three weeks last year, reported The Guardian.
This figure was almost double the total of 26 reported over the same period in 2011. Then, five boys were so badly injured that their genitals had to be amputated - and 300 were taken to hospital.
‘The pain was so intense that I buried my chin in my chest. Many seconds seemed to pass before I remembered the cry, and then I recovered and called out, 'Ndiyindoda!' [I am a man!]’
South African police said last month that 23 teenagers had died in nine days at initiation ceremonies, and they had opened 22 murder cases in the deaths in the north-eastern province of Mpumalanga.
Their faces are painted with red or white clay and they also are given herbal concoctions to drink.
Police said all the deaths were at government-registered initiation sites where medical practitioners are usually present. The Government became involved to prevent such unnecessary deaths.
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