INITIATION "DOCTOR" IN COURT TODAY
By Julian Rademeyer POLICE have arrested a man in connection with the deaths of five youths and the mutilation of nearly 60 others during initiation rites in the Lusikisiki area. The 28-year-old man, who allegedly wore a balaclava and used the alias "V10" when circumcising youths, is expected to appear in the Lusikisiki Magistrate's Court today. A police spokesman said he was arrested on Monday night at his home in Equbeni village. Three men are believed to have circumcised more than 300 youths between June and July this year. The men apparently charged between R25 and R35 to do the operation. The arrested suspect is alleged to have used old and unsterilised instruments during the circumcisions. Last month, police reported that eight initiates had penile amputations following botched circumcision operations. Fifty-eight others were admitted to hospital after wounds became septic. A provincial task team is expected to release a White Paper later this month in an effort to curb deaths, mutilations and unhygienic conditions at initiation schools. ***************************** COMMENT: "Abakwetha" is Xhosa for "initiates", i.e. from after circumcision till the re-emergence into society.