Bisho - Twelve young lives were lost in illegal initiation schools in the Eastern Cape, premier Oscar Mabuyane said while delivering his State of the Province Address in Bhisho Legislature on Friday.
Mabuyane said men have failed the sacred custom of male circumcision and turned it into a health matter.
"We must declare that from now onward, we will work more than we have done before to ensure that no other family buries a child who undergoes our sacred custom," he said.
"As government, we commit to work closely with traditional leadership and ensure that the practice is closely monitored. Furthermore, we are going to appoint a Provincial Coordinator to coordinate all our programmes not only during the circumcision seasons but throughout the year".
"We condemn this reckless behaviour and we wish to take this opportunity to convey our message of condolences to families that have lost their children," he said.