Man in court for circumcision murders

Mthatha - The case of a man charged with murdering two initiates he circumcised was postponed in the Libode Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, the National Prosecuting Authority said.

“The case was postponed to July 31 and he is remanded in custody,” regional spokesman Luxolo Tyali said.

Experts have decried traditional circumcision practices. File picture: Siegfreid Modola. Credit: Reuters

Samkelo Mvubu, 24, faces two counts of murder and two counts of contravening the Health Standards Traditional Circumcision Act.

The two initiates died at Luthubeni village, near Libode in the Eastern Cape on June 30, after attending an illegal initiation school. Mvubu was arrested the following day.

Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle said on Wednesday that 24 initiates had died in the province since the beginning of the winter initiation season.

On Tuesday, the provincial health department however put the figure at 25.