Eastern Cape police are investigating 37 cases of illegal circumcision in the province.
Twelve people have been arrested in connection with illegal practices since the start of the summer initiation season.
The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs says 18 dockets have been opened for unlawful circumcision and 19 inquest dockets.
MEC Fikile Xasa more cases have been reported.
“There’s a boy who hanged himself [and] there’s also a case of death where somebody was burned to death during the night in his sleep.”