LETTER: Cultural practice should not lead to deaths

2016-07-14 06:00

We all know how precious life is. We all know that we only live once, so it is important to live to the fullest and as happily as possible.

There is no belief, be it cultural or religious, that should tamper with our happiness or health-related issues.

I wrote this letter because I was disturbed by the reports of young boys dying in initiation schools from botched circumcisions.

As Black people, we love our cultures, but the problem is when those cultural practices become a threat to our lives. My life is more important than my culture.

For as much as the co-operative governance and traditional affairs department administers these schools, the health department should also be involved to save those at risk of losing their lives.

Kwanele Mhlobo Langa

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