May 17, 2013
South African police said they had launched a series of murder inquiries after 23 males died while undergoing circumcision during traditional rites of passage into manhood.
The 23 – aged between 13 and 21 – died in various places across the country’s northeastern Mpumalanga province over the course of a week.
“We have opened 22 cases of murder and one of inquest,” regional police spokesman Leonard Hlathi told AFP.
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