Circumcision deaths worry MEC

2012-07-03 22:23

Johannesburg - The number of deaths at circumcision schools in the Eastern Cape is rising, Traditional Affairs MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane said on Tuesday.

"It has come to our attention that at least 20 young men died in a number of our schools within a short space of time," Qoboshiyane said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The fact that many young boys are circumcised without consent and knowledge of their parents creates a fertile ground for deaths, amputations and [the] hospitalisation of initiates."

The MEC called on men in rural communities to help single women find reliable and legitimate circumcision schools for their children.

"This is an important aspect of our life that must not be left to chancers who want to make money out of youngsters. We need to restore the dignity of traditional circumcisions, so as to build responsible and healthy young men in our province."

The circumcision death toll in the province was not provided.

In December, hospitals in Mthatha were inundated with young men injured from botched circumcisions.

The health department's spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo at the time said the All Saints Hospital in Engcobo had admitted 33 initiates, and had to arrange referrals for their injured friends as the wards were full.

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-07-03 23:08

    Doesn't worry me in the least. Go fix some potholes or something.

  • Irene - 2012-07-04 00:18

    What's the worry about? If people want to practice primitive rituals like this, they must take the consequences.

  • zaatheist - 2012-07-04 04:05

    Primitive stupidity. In Germany the courts have ruled circumcision as child abuse. So it should be ruled world wide. Circumcision should only be undertaken for valid medical reasons or if a man decides after age 18.

      kasamkelo - 2012-07-04 07:44

      FYI Culturally its for grown up, youngsters are tjatjarag nowaday, just because they can have a boner they think they are man enough for the Okapi.

  • kasamkelo - 2012-07-04 07:42

    These drunk madalas witho Okapi knife are dangerous

  • bmaestro - 2012-07-04 09:44

    this is not the stone age where one would ask grandpa to circumcise you.....go to your nearest clinic it only takes a few minutes and you will be bandaged so you wont lose too much blood.....dont take chances with your lives youngmen out there u will die for sho

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-07-04 10:49

      Thanks bmaestro, that's really how simple and safe it can be... makes me wonder why these young men will risk death and why their elders, the very men who are meant to be looking after them and preparing them for the future, take chances with their lives...its insane, cant get my head around it.

  • ian.d.samson - 2012-07-04 15:02

    The entire world knows circumcision does NOT prevent HIV/AIDS/STD transmission, but, no, Africans always think they know better even at the expense of 20 innocent men. It's time this carnage stopped. I don't care if it's their culture to rid a man of 20,000 nerve endings to make him look like his father or any other man in their area; this is one amputation that has no medical basis, cannot be condoned or approved of in any sphere any longer. It's time this depraved action was stopped.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-07-04 18:47

    This is a very delicate should only be done in a hospital...forget traditional methods...they don't work...boys are dying.

  • Adam - 2012-07-04 21:27

    And these are the future spears of the nation?

  • Adam - 2012-07-04 21:29

    No skin off my back..

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