We can learn from Ba­sotho cul­ture

CityPress - - Voices - Masaka Kgob­ane Pre­to­ria, Gaut­eng

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.

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