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Bogus doctors 'commercialise initiation'

2011-07-02 22:22

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.

Comments
  • zaatheist - 2011-07-03 04:51

    So what's new about this. All superstitions and religious practices and ancestor/gods worshiping are commercial enterprises to exploit gullible people.

      TamaraSays - 2011-07-03 06:24

      That may be true, however, we do have freedom of religion in this country. We should, however, be more focused on making sure that the practices they choose to enter into are sanitary, and not going to kill people. We can believe that someone else's religious practices are wrong as much as we like, but if we want a world that's tolerant of everyone's right to decide, statements like yours don't help.

      Hugh x - 2011-07-04 02:07

      As long as nobody gets any genital cutting without first giving their informed consent. And it's impossible to be informed about the effect of circumcison without having had any sexual experience. 16 is barely old enough.

      Darwinian - 2011-07-04 09:11

      Your beleives....DEAL WITH IT!!!

      Darwinian - 2011-07-04 09:13

      @TamaraSays. You are so right, I mean let us beleive in something realistic...like virgin birth....

  • Deeteem - 2011-07-03 06:50

    Logic tells me to have the circumcision done in a state hospital but .........

      tryanything - 2011-07-03 08:03

      but the state hospitals are a mess.

  • possum - 2011-07-03 09:22

    Start circumsising from the neck down.

  • Civil_Rights - 2011-07-03 17:29

    These So called Doctor's are the Dick heads here. Their the ones who should be cut off.

  • ozgurkaleozu - 2012-03-22 12:50

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