Genital mutilation, deaths cause concern

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iol news pic initiation generic Independent Newspapers Limpopo has crafted a bill that will see illegal circumcision school operators face a R20 000 fine or a jail term. File photo: Independent Newspapers

Johannesburg - The SA Men's Action Group (Samag) called on traditional leaders on Thursday to curb the spread of bogus initiation schools.

“We have as nation experienced in the recent past the mushrooming of bogus initiation schools,” Samag said in a statement.

These schools had led “to the brutal killing of young men and mutilation of their genitalia”.

Those running the schools were evidently motivated by greed and lacked respect for individuals' dignity and the rule of law.

“With reports of death and amputations of penises in the Eastern Cape, Free State and Limpopo this is no more a worrying trend, but a human rights issue,” Samag said.

Over 200 initiates had died in the past four years.

Others had undergone penis amputations or received other medical treatment as a result of complications following the procedure.

The Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA, the House of Traditional Leaders, professionals, and others should support corrective measures to stop the scourge.

“We condemn all illegal practices that accompany these bogus initiation schools and ill-disciplined and greedy “traditional surgeons” that put profits before our young men's lives,” it said. - Sapa


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