Motlanthe’s plastic device knows exactly where to prune

2010-05-13 07:31

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe had to pick his words carefully

when he deviated from a prepared speech in the National Assembly to explain the

operation of a circumcision device to MPs.

Speaking during a debate on the Presidency’s budget vote yesterday,

he referred to an HIV and Aids campaign in KwaZulu-Natal involving the roll-out

of “the biggest medical male circumcision project” in South Africa’s


Motlanthe said: “Honourable members, just to share with you that

this campaign utilises a device, a plastic device, which simplifies the


Gesturing with his hands, amid loud laughter from MPs, Motlanthe

then attempted to explain how the device worked.

“Er, it... you fit... it’s a simple procedure... you fit this into

the plastic gadget... and two clicking sounds happen. And this plastic device

knows exactly where to prune!

“And you keep it on for three days. And you can go to school, you

can go to work, you are able to urinate; and, after three days, you report back

to the clinic and you’re healed, and you’re fine,” he said.

Motlanthe cautioned that while circumcision “significantly reduces

the chances of infection by 50 to 60%”, it did not completely protect males from

infection, or infecting others.

“The circumcision drive does not replace the core messages of

abstaining, being faithful and condomising,” he said.

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