Let it not be a bloody initiation season
It is that time of year again when the talk at provincial health departments and in various media is dominated by reports of botched circumcisions in different parts of the country. So far, it has been reported that at least 10 Eastern Cape teenagers have had to be taken to hospital after botched circumcisions during their initiation rituals.
As I know and experienced the pain of losing someone close to me through this practice, I plead with members of the public and parents to cooperate with government and the operators of initiation schools.
I urge all these operators to send children who are no longer able to handle the practices of the initiation school environment to hospital.
Do not send them to hospital when it is too late to save their lives or their penises.
The government should ensure there are no illegal initiation schools that are being run by doubtful characters this year.
Let us value and respect our culture by running quality initiation schools.