Clan hailed for heeding call to snip

2011-01-03 00:00

THE Amahlubi clan in Kokstad was praised yesterday for heeding the call by King Goodwill Zwelithini to restore the practice of circumcision in an effort to combat the spread of HIV.

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo visited the town yesterday to see how the custom is being performed.

Accompanied by Dr Sandile Shabalala, who is responsible for the medical circumcisions exercise in his department, Dhlomo said: “I was impressed by the manner in which the custom is being conducted by the Amahlubi.”

The ceremony involved 60 initiates from Kokstad and the surrounding areas. No cases of illness or infection were reported.

“I was very impressed to notice that certain clans like the Amahlubi are united in respecting the custom and it is not just about cutting off the foreskin to them, but it is also about … moral regeneration and respect.

“This [respect and unity] is what we need to encourage and practise as I have been told that these initiates spent Christmas on the mountain because they respect the custom.”

Dhlomo called upon other provinces experiencing high death rates after botched circumcisions to come on board and learn from others about how they can prevent deaths.

More than 55 youths died of botched circumcisions in the Eastern Cape last year.

About 20 000 men have been medically circumcised in KwaZulu-Natal since April last year.

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