overhaul long-standing procedures to stop the mutilation and killing of young
boys in Pondoland.
outside Port St Johns, has only been a practising ingcibi since 2006, but has
already been appointed to lead more experienced traditional surgeons.
his largest group (42)during this year’s circumcision season. Before this, the
33-year-old’s highest number of initiates was eight. He believes this increase
is due to the trust parents have in his work, for which he charges R100 an
initiate rather than the R350 Western Pondoland iingcibi settled on a few months
present when initiates undergo medical examinations and working closely with
on reporting to local traditional leaders in every village he has initiates;
many surgeons, Ntlanganisela keeps regular contact with his initiates and
traditional nurses caring for them.
More than 30 of these initiates are in Noqhekwane, a picturesque
village overlooking the Indian ocean near the Mzimvubu River mouth in Port St
structure of iingcibi formed in May in Western Pondoland, a region with the
second-highest number of circumcision-related deaths in the Eastern Cape.
hopefully stem the spate of deaths in our area,” Ntlanganisela told City Press
iingcibi organisation after the failure of the previous committee two years
Ntlanganisela. Would-be initiates are reported to the committee, which runs the
Ntlanganisela, whom they describe as open-minded and willing to entertain fresh
ideas without compromising the practice.
illness but Ntlanganisela encouraged him to take his medication even at the
initiation school. This is different to many iingcibi, who deny their initiates
access to treatment for chronic conditions they have.
health department because when initiates run away from the bush they go to
hospitals,” Ntlanganisela says.
for medical examinations.