Limpopo boy opts for second circumcision to become 'man'

2016-07-23 21:44
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Limpopo - A 14-year-old Limpopo boy who wanted to stop his peers from laughing at him for choosing medical circumcision opted to undergo a second surgery - this time at a traditional circumcision school.

Sifiso Bilankulu, from Plange village near Malamulele, was among 116 boys who returned home from the bush this past weekend.

"As his family we are so happy that he came back home safe. He put pressure on us that he wanted to go to the mountain after saying the circumcision he received from the hospital was not enough. He said his peers at school were laughing at him, so we allowed him to go," said his aunt, Ntongasi Bilankulu.

The graduate said going to the mountain had made him a man.

"I'm so happy that finally I went to the mountain with other boys. They can't laugh at me anymore, whether at school or in the community. I'm a man now," said Sifiso.

Local traditional leader, Hosi Yingwani Samuel M‘tititi, hosted a huge ceremony to welcome the boys back.

Their parents and relatives danced and ululated in celebration of their return.

Before the chief could address the gathering his aunt, Nyanisi Mamayila Chauke, threw seeds at the "new men," a traditional way of ensuring they are protected from evil spirits.

M'tititi then made a short, but important address. "Those whose children are not at school from this week, we will meet at the traditional office," warned the chief. 

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