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Tue Aug 04 16:11:30 SAST 2015

Ritual's death toll is a disgrace: iLIVE

Barbie Sandler, Cape Town | 04 July, 2012 23:57
One of the circumcision traditional nurses leads home a group of amakrwala to their village
Image by: LULAMILE FENI / Daily Dispatch

The death of 20 initiates after being circumcised is a national disgrace ("Ritual's death toll hits 20", July 4).

In any other country in the world there would be a huge outcry if healthy, young men died after undergoing botched operations every year.

Traditional leaders are to blame.

They say: "Leave our cultures and customs alone."

But this is one custom that seriously needs examination.

The time has come for the government to stop this practice, unless it is done under sterile conditions.

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