Bill to regulate male circumcision suggested

2016-03-18 06:00

THE Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature has embarked on a campaign to get input from stakeholders that are involved in male circumcision.

On Tuesday committee chairperson Mninawa Nyusile met with traditional leaders and community members at Matatiele community hall to hear their views on the proposed initiation Bill.

Two females, who accompanied Nyusile, were chased away by traditional leaders before the start of the meeting. Nyusile said the females were part of his team, but were told to leave the hall because circumcision practice has nothing to do with women.

“All traditional houses in Matatiele and Maluti were represented. Chiefs told us that the practice in various areas is done in a different ways that yield good results.

“Chiefs said the area has not had any deaths of initiates. As a result the practice is conducted by strong Basotho initiation forums and traditional leaders.

“As the committee we told chiefs that the practice should not be done by boys under the age of 18. But they proposed the practice should be done by boys at the age of 15 because 18-year-old boys are already in tertiary education.”

Nyusile said the Bill wants to address violation of human rights by people who use circumcision as business.

“For the past 10 years we observed young boys dying at initiation schools. We took a stand as a legislature to govern this practice. After the meeting we will report back to the provincial legislature and consolidate input made by people. By June we want to have a strong legislation that governs circumcision.”

Matatiele mayor, Momelezi Mbedla said no one is complaining about circumcision.

“Other people must learn how to perform the traditional practice without death from us.”

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