Bogus doctors 'commercialise initiation'
Johannesburg - Bogus traditional circumcision doctors are commercialising initiation rites, the Eastern Cape Traditional Affairs MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyana said on Saturday.
"I am concerned that the real and reputable Iingcibi [traditional circumcision doctors] that have done this for many years seem to be scarce with these upstarts of Iingcibi mushrooming and masquerading as real surgeon[s]," Qoboshiyana said in a statement.
He visited circumcision schools in the Nyandeni local municipality on Saturday in response to the recent spate of deaths linked to illegal initiation schools.
Government, traditional leaders and communities should work together to curb the illegal circumcision doctors, who often "lack the experience, reputation, skill and compassion needed in ushering young boys into manhood", Qoboshiyana said.
He said he was concerned about reports of one illegal school, where the 61 initiates were charged R1 600 each for circumcision.
"It is wrong for this man, or anyone, to commercialise part of our tradition.
"We cannot accept this because in such cases ... the lives of our young boys are put at risk as the surgeons rush to make money," Qoboshiyana said.