Let it not be a bloody ini­ti­a­tion sea­son

CityPress - - Voices - Miye­lani Hlung­wani Mukhomi, Lim­popo

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.

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