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230 initiate deaths in 4 years in E Cape

2011-07-31 20:29

Johannesburg - In the last four years 230 initiates have died following botched circumcisions in the Eastern Cape, City Press reported on Sunday.

In addition, 150 young men had to have their penises amputated due to complications following the procedure, the paper reported, citing research by the Eastern Cape health department.

The provincial department of traditional affairs would present a policy for the national regulation of circumcision in initiation ceremonies in September.

Proposals to improve the situation included mobile clinics to specialise in circumcision-related health care in a culturally sensitive manner and police operations to identify illegal initiation schools.

Traditional affairs department said earlier in the month that there had been fewer initiation-related deaths this year than last year.

This was attributed to the work of the task team, proper co-ordination of district structures such as traditional circumcision forums, relevant government departments and civil society, department spokesperson Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha said.

Comments
  • Pickle - 2011-07-31 20:50

    Maybe it's time to put certain traditions to rest? Just putting it out there...

      Ulrich - 2011-08-01 06:44

      This tradition has got some "shortcomings", or is it a Complete cockup?

  • Macho Mike - 2011-07-31 20:55

    This tradition belongs to the dark ages.

      Grant - 2011-07-31 21:01

      But then again, so do theose practising it! As long as the anc keeps their own people uneducated they will never progress.

      OZNOB - 2011-07-31 22:01

      @GRANT The less they know the less they are to question the system.It is shocking that so many have suffered or died when something could have been done for the better . Even more shocking is governments and local governments apathy and indifference to the plight of these initiates who have lost their manhood because government criminally did nothing

  • Idomeneo - 2011-07-31 21:14

    Black people keep defending these things as part of their tradition and accuse whites of being racist if they criticise it. Sorry, but I can't be bothered wasting any more sympathy on them.

      OZNOB - 2011-07-31 22:06

      TRADITIONS ARE GOOD WHEN THEY BETTER THE COMMUNITY OR PERSONS INVOLVED THOUGH WHEN THEY CAUSE UNTOLD SUFFERING AND DEATH IN THE COMMUNTY THEN THE RATIONAL THING WOULD BE TO CHANGE OR DROP THE TRADITIONS ALTOGETHER AND NOT TO BLINDLY FOLLOW THEM LIKE LEMMINGS RUNNING TO THE CLIFF

      Grayman - 2011-08-01 07:46

      There are two parts to this initiation/circumcision process. The tradition is for boys to be taken (abducted by a relative or elder in the community) to the bush to go through a rite of passage to adulthood. After their time they would be circumcised by a trained elder then re-introduced to their society as a man. The society would, from that moment on, treat them like a man. What has happened now is that young men are now abducted against their, and their families, will and put through the so-called rite of passage, and then circumcised by the abductor who then demands fees from the family to get their son back. It has become a lucrative 'business' and the community is being held to ransom. And where there is illegal money, there is corruption so people in power turn a blind eye.

  • Allieo - 2011-07-31 22:06

    Are these actually people........

  • Hedda-Louise - 2011-07-31 22:38

    Backwardness comes at a prize!One can't continue for centuries practises all in the name of culture!They should ban both male and female circumcision no matter what religion or culture says.It doesn't fit into modern society

      Pickle - 2011-07-31 23:17

      From a health perspective... circumcision is better for boys.. when it's done fresh out of the womb, in a steralised hospital... not out in the bush at 15 years of age...

      jowza - 2011-08-01 11:04

      you like a bit of foreskin now hedda

      safferoverseas - 2011-08-01 11:59

      sorry, i don't agree at all, the muslims and jews have been doing it for centuries and they don't have the same outcome. I think it's wrong to circumsize young boys, if you want it done. do it when they are tiny babies or have it done by a qualifed doctor, not some moron with a rusty razor blade in the bush with no medical treatment nearby. there is convincing evidence that circumsized men do not get the aids virus.

  • ANCockup - 2011-08-01 09:38

    Look on the bright side. 230 less ANC votes.

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-08-01 10:55

    circumcision is a rip off

      edd - 2011-08-01 11:31

      classic!!!

  • edd - 2011-08-01 11:31

    Your ancient believes...DEAL WITH IT!!!!

  • Peacock - 2011-08-01 13:32

    Must send thousands more to these Initiations

  • lucas teane - 2011-08-03 12:05

    the Xhosas lack expirience wen it come to initiation school, i dnt think the know wat they doing.....once on tv i saw initiates running on the highway, some were in possesion of radios....they eating on plates, well thats not initiation its just a joke.....they need to go back to their roots and learn how it was back then....

  • sam.swanpoel - 2011-12-15 15:23

    Traditional affairs? Fewer deaths? No death for this cultural deeds are acceptable

  • ozgurkaleozu - 2012-03-22 12:46

    Hi friends, I wanted to share a video about male circumcision. Please have a look to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnIJQyhPY6U to see how the adult male circumcision is easy with disposable male circumcision clamps. Best regards, Ozzy

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