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Officials claim circumcision victory

2010-12-21 19:37

Cape Town - A new strategy to counter circumcision deaths has yielded positive results in the Pondoland area, Eastern Cape Traditional Affairs MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane said on Tuesday.

"Only one death has been recorded so far as compared to seven in the previous year in the Pondoland area, which is the area that was targeted through the intervention strategy," he said in a statement.

He said his department and the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders had held "serious discussions" at workshops in September.

This had resulted in meetings with communities, the establishment of circumcision forums and visits to about 1 300 initiation schools.

"As the department we wish to acknowledge the gains made by the House of Traditional Leaders during this Nov/Dec 2010 initiation season," Qoboshiyane said.

"However one death is one too many.

"We will make our voice heard and amplify messages aimed at discouraging anyone who constantly undermines our efforts to restore the dignity of this time-immemorial custom."

Comments
  • CPII - 2010-12-21 19:55

    NNOOOOOO.....carry on with your tradition....it is gooooddd ;)

  • daaivark - 2010-12-22 09:18

    I think this initiative is long overdue and is to be commended. Traditions and associated ritual are extremely important to many sectors of our society and help to keep the social fabric more or less intact. However, necessity and changing circumstances may require amendment of such rituals to allow them to remain safe and relevant in a changed world.

  • waine - 2011-05-24 13:14

    Its time the barbaric cutting of foreskins (and vaginal lips) is banned in Africa, especially in South Africa. These traditional healers must be arrested for doing this to innicent children who have no idea why they are getting the chop.

  • ozgurkaleozu - 2012-03-22 12:49

    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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