We can learn from Basotho culture
Every year during initiation season(s), we learn of the escalating number of deaths and penis mutilations.
This practice is prevalent in most provinces and worse in the Eastern Cape. The Free State, a predominantly Basotho province, is notably absent when these statistics are presented.
The Basotho, incidentally, are well known for their respect of culture.
Like most cultures, they too undergo initiation (lebollo), yet we hardly ever read about illegal circumcision schools, deaths and mutilations in these communities.
I suggest that the government consult the Basotho people in the Free State for advice on how to save young boys’ lives while observing cultural rituals before resorting to bureaucratic regulation.