KZN’s YCL question Zwelithini

2010-01-11 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal youth wing of the SACP, the Young Communist League (YCL), wants Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini to clarify and give details of how the process of circumcision of male Zulus will unfold.

YCL’s deputy national secretary, Khaye Nkwanyana, said in a statement that there is a sense of confusion “engulfing people of KZN”, after Zwelithini made the announcement during the bull killing ceremony in December last year that circumcision will be reintroduced in the province.

Zwelithini stated that in light of the unrelenting HIV/Aids pandemic, reintroducing male circumcision, which was banned by King Shaka, is being considered.

“To date no details have come forth as to the nature of this practice in relation to the Zulu boys, whether it will take a form of what other tribes in various provinces do, which is more than just circumcision but an initiation process,” said Nkwanyana.

“Is the king reviving the initiation practice to which circumcision is the integral and last part after teachings (passage) that transit a boy to manhood?” Nkwanyana questioned.

“If this revival of the practice is indeed going to combine all these details the question would be then on the practicality given the period spent [without it] and the professional foreskin cutters to avoid the Eastern Cape situation. Are parents ready to surrender their boys for this process?” he said.

Nkwanyana also urged that government and the Health Department in particular, mount a campaign of encouraging all males to go to clinics and hospitals for clinical circumcisions.

Such circumcisions are safe, guaranteed and the public health system has a capacity no matter the volume for such a demand, he said.

“We may as well strengthen the initiative that every born baby boy be circumcised immediately in hospitals.

It is important to underline the point that any attempt to make interventions to fight HIV/AIDS must be welcomed. We need multi-pronged approaches so as to pool all of these to mitigate the levels of this pandemic,” said Nkwanyana.

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