in hospitals for lengthy periods, costing the taxpayer R1 200 a day for each
circumcision season are from Pondoland.
in Libode, where 18 initiates have been admitted.
their penises removed due to botched circumcisions.
traditional nurses who are hired by families of the initiates to care for them
during this four-week process.
at the St Barnabas Hospital had to pull flaky, hardened and smelly skin off the
gently pulled the skin off by hand, undoubtedly a painful procedure.
hospital’s surgical wards as initiates crowd the facilities.
people who are supposed to nurse them back to good health.
relationships because their penises have been amputated.
Libode on Friday expressed their anger at the ruining of young lives by bogus
traditional surgeons and nurses who, they say, are only interested in money
rather than the wellbeing of the initiates.
hospitals only after their conditions have worsened.
this question to one of the initiates with a penis he described as “appearing
to have been sliced like a piece of meat”.
condition would improve.
who had just arrived when City Press visited the hospital.
initiate’s bed to dress his penis.
arriving at the hospital, he half answered that he had and that the doctor had
inserted a catheter to help him urinate, which he did soon afterwards.
plastic urinating bags when they finally are able to urinate because it is
painful due to the organ being swollen,” Godongwana says.
circumcisions have been botched and many become suicidal upon realising that
they cannot have sexual intercourse or have children.
psychiatric assessment, but very few were prepared for the abnormal life they
will lead without the “ubudoda” (male reproductive organ).
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