Buthelezi questions protocol

2010-01-20 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi stopped short of accusing King Goodwill Zwelithini yesterday of undermining the office of amakhosi.

Buthelezi queried why a meeting, held at the Royal Showgrounds yesterday to discuss the revival of the custom of circumcision, was called by the MEC for Traditional Affairs and Local Government, Nomusa Dube, and not by the king.

The IFP leader was not designated as a speaker yesterday and he asked to address the amakhosi.

He said that while he respects MEC Dube for calling the meeting, he felt it should have been King Goodwill Zwelithini who raised the subject of reviving male circumcision in the province during the Festival of the First Fruits last year.

About reviving the culture of circumcision, Buthelezi praised the king, saying the revival is important if it contributes to reducing the incidence of HIV and Aids.

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CIRCUMCISION is a simple procedure and does not involve a great risk of injury, according to Durban urologist Dr F. Nel.

Nel said that while in young children there are risks of minor injuries, among adults the only real risk is bleeding.

During the procedure, the foreskin is removed with a surgical knife and stitched up.

The patient can bleed for a maximum of 30 minutes, but he will usually have healed in eight to 10 days and the stitches will dissolve.

Nel says that in serious cases, if the bleeding lasts for more than 30 minutes it is indicative that something is wrong.

 

NUMEROUS amakhosi present at yesterday’s meeting to discuss circumcision hailed the decision, saying it will not only help to curb the spread of Aids, but also give the elders an opportunity to teach young men about respect, honour, culture and manhood.

Some residents of Pietermaritzburg interviewed yesterday agreed the cultural practice should be revived. Mandla Gwala said he was circumcised in 2001. “It’s a helpful procedure as it helps to reduce the chances of contracting the Aids virus.”

Dumisani Lushozi, an ANC councillor, said the procedure will be useful in combating diseases. “The culture has always been useful in fighting sexually-transmitted diseases and it will continue to do so.”

IFP councillor Dolo Zodi said he fully supports the culture as long as it conforms to the way Zulus used to practise it. “I think this is a good thing and it will help a lot of people.”

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