Kouga prepares for circumcision season

2017-10-19 06:00

SUMMER is the traditional male circumcision season and Kouga roleplayers are gearing up to help ensure the safety of this year’s participants.

Kouga Speaker Horatio Hendricks, under whose office the Local Initiation Forum falls, said a team from the Department of Health was currently visiting high schools in the region to talk to prospective initiates.

In-service training for traditional surgeons and nurses was also held earlier in the week.

“The custom is a rite of passage from being a boy to manhood for some sections of the society, especially among the Xhosa people. It has, however, become marred by controversy due to instances of ill-treatment of initiates resulting in serious injuries and even death,” he said.

“To curb this scourge, the provincial government introduced the Eastern Cape Customary Male Initiation Practice Act No 5 of 2016, signed into law by Premier Phumulo Masualle in December last year.”

He said the school visits would be followed by community meetings, taking place between October 24 and November 21, where the Circumcision Government Gazette would be presented.

There will then be inspections of initiation schools by the teams on November 22.

Hendricks said he was pleased with the efforts being made by stakeholders to achieve a successful and incident-free season.

“Our area has been relatively quiet in terms of circumcision-related injuries and we haven’t had any deaths over the years.

“That doesn’t mean we can afford to leave anything to chance. We have to comply with the provisions of the law and preserve the lives of our children,” said Hendricks.

The community meetings will start at 18:00 on:

  • KwaNomzamo Community Hall on October 24
  • Vusumzi Landu Hall on October 25
  • Tokyo Sexwale Stadium (Jeffreys Bay) on November 13
  • Loerie Community Hall on November 16
  • Katrien Felix Community Hall (Thornhill) on November 16
  • Dan Sandi Community Hall (Patensie) on November 17
  • Sea Vista Community Hall on November 21
  • Alec Ntantiso Hall (Weston) on November 22.

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