The deaths have occurred in the Eastern Cape province, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported. Some of the boys have bled to death and others have succumbed to hypothermia or dehydration.
In one horrifying case, a teenager got gangrene in his penis, which fell off.
The circumcision rituals are traditionally carried out in winter with handmade stone tools. After they are circumcised, the teenagers live in the mountains for several weeks while they heal.