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60 boys dead at initiation ceremoniesin South Africa

Initiation ceremonies in South Africa have led to the deaths of 60 young men and the hospitalization of hundreds since May. This development has sparked concern from officials about regulations surrounding a national tradition that determines when a boy becomes a man. Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi told state TV on Saturday that although circumcision is an old culture performed by traditional leaders in a very responsible manner, Hooligans have turned it into a commercial enterprise. The health minister said the most recent deaths in the Eastern Cape province were caused by illegal schools set up for financial benefits that have undermined cultural traditions in the country.


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