KING Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhezukulu has called for more KwaZulu-Natal men to undergo circumcision as part of their efforts to combat the spread of HIV/Aids. The king made the appeal at a homecoming ceremony in Kokstad, which was held to welcome back young men who have successfully undergone circumcision. It celebrates their safe return from the six traditional initiation schools in the Greater Kokstad area. The event was attended by KZN MEC for Cogta Nomusa Dube-Ncube, Health Sibongiseni Dhlomo, Social Development Weziwe Thusi, and Arts Culture and Sports and Recreation Bongi Sithole-Moloi. The king’s call is in line with the decree he made in 2009 when he revived the tradition of circumcision, backed enthusiastically the KZN provincial government. Since then over KZN 700 000 men have been circumcised. He also asked government to ensure that indigenous knowledge is used in conjunction with the best of Western medical practices to ensure that the fight against the spread of the HIV/Aids is successful. Dube-Ncube thanked Zwelithini for his visionary leadership in reviving this practice which is also being championed by the provincial government. “As the provincial government, we are happy to see young men in Kokstad and surrounding undergoing the practice of traditional circumcision in safe and hygienic environments. “We are also happy to see that these men are being taught about the responsibility men have in building our communities,” said Dube-Ncube. - Supplied.