Circumcision fight turns to tragedy

2016-01-08 06:00
Grandmother Zitheliwe Ndawana (left) and Nombuyiseko Tshabalala mourn the sudden death of Xolani Ndawana. Photo: khaya magenu

Grandmother Zitheliwe Ndawana (left) and Nombuyiseko Tshabalala mourn the sudden death of Xolani Ndawana. Photo: khaya magenu

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SOME young boys go to the mountains to get circumcised, others go to a registered hospital, but there is another side in this regard, as the grandmother of Xolani Ndawele (25) from Shayamoya Township in Kokstad, recently found out.

On Monday Xolani, who underwent a “mountain circumcision” got into an argument with his friends about those who go to hospital and those who go to the mountains for the procedure.

Fever understands that the two sides were bullying each other and calling each other names on the streets of Shayamoya.

Some said that those who are circumcised at a medical institution are not regarded as “real men” and believe that real men go to the mountains for the procedure, not hospital.

According to reports, the argument continued with those who were circumcised in mountains saying they are superior and that the only way to be circumcised is to go to the mountains as a rite passage into manhood.

According to reports, Xolani, because of his opinion, was beaten with a stick on his head and had to go hospital for treatment.

“While I was in town, I received a call that Xolani has been beaten by his friends at Emakhwenkweni and when I got there I found him lying on the ground with injuries to his head,” said his grandmother, Zitheliwe Ndawela.

She took him to hospital and he was released the same day, Monday, but on Tuesday morning they found Xolani dead in his room.

“I don’t know why they were bullying each other about the culture of circumcision, now Xolani is no more because of this. I don’t want any of my children to go through this rite anymore,” said Ndawela

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant Dumisani Ncongo confirmed the incident. He said a case of murder has been opened at Kokstad police station. They arrested a 23-year-old man and he is expected to appear in court soon.

The death of Xolani comes just before King Goodwill Zwelithini is expected to welcome back young men who recently graduated from circumcision school next Tuesday.

This comes after the adoption of a policy to roll out medical male circumcision among young men as a means of protecting them from getting HIV. The programme follows clinical studies that have shown that medical male circumcision can reduce HIV acquisition by up to 60% in heterosexual men.

Indlodlo Traditional Institute in Kokstad chairperson, Benny Khobo said they are very sorry about the death of Xolani.

“There was no need for the boys to argue about this issue as everyone has the right to chose and follow his cultural practices.”

According to reports, Xolani, because of his opinion, was beaten with a stick on his head and had to go hospital for treatment. His grandmother took him to hospital and he was released the same day, Monday, but on Tuesday morning they found
Xolani dead in his room

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