Health MEC at circumcision school

2011-01-14 00:00

KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo is confident that his department’s interest in the Basotho and AmaHlubi traditional circumcision custom will not clash with their medical circumcision exercise.

He was speaking in Kokstad yesterday welcoming 216 initiates who all returned from initiation school in good health.

Among the initiates was the Kokstad Municipality speaker, Michael Khutshwa (49), who served as an example that there is no age limit to the custom as many believe.

The purpose was also to change stereotypes that it is an embarrassment for older people to undergo circumcision.

“I have been reliably informed by some of my officials working closely with traditional doctors in terms of circumcision that they want to work out certain gaps with them to ensure safety and cleanliness against infection,” said Dhlomo.

He added the most exciting part was that the initiates were tested for HIV/Aids and other diseases just before undergoing the custom.

“I am very glad to say the partnership we have with the leadership conducting the custom in Kokstad will lead to no deaths,” said Dhlomo.

He also commended the Indlondlo committee that looks after the interests of those who want to undergo circumcision, saying it has strengthened the partnership with the department to ensure the safety of young men.

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