A nine-year-old boy has been mistakenly circumcised at a school in South Africa, causing outrage among his family.
The procedure was carried out on the third-grade child at Panorama Primary in Eastwood, Pietermaritzburg in the KwaZulu-Natal province. His family has reported the case to police.
South Africa’s department of health promotes the circumcision of males following clinical trials showing those who have it done have less chance of catching HIV. However, anyone under the age of 18 requires the consent of his parents.
The child’s aunt and guardian, Gugu Hlengwa, said the boy had brought a consent form to his school but it was not signed because the family disapproved of the procedure.