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Clinical route to manhood

19 June 2015 - 02:05 By Miyelani Hlungwani, Mukhomi Village

It is that time of the year again when media are dominated by reports of botched circumcisions. So far, at least 10 Eastern Cape teenagers have had to be hospitalised after circumcisions went wrong during initiation rituals.I urge all initiation school operators to send children who are ill to hospital.Don't send them to hospital when it is too late to save their lives or their penises.As an African who values and respects his culture,I think we will only have initiation schools of suitable quality when the health department trains initiation school operators and screens surgeons to determine if they are medically fit to conduct circumcisions .The people who cause chaos in our initiation schools are those who claim to be official operators but have the primary aim of generating money rather than offering quality service.The government should ensure that there are no illegal initiation schools. This would help avoid unnecessary deaths.We have no more room for disappointment and ignorance.Legal action should be taken against the people responsible for the deaths of initiates in illegal initiation schools.Fake initiation school operators should find another way of generating money. ..

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