Three boys die at Eastern Cape initiation schools

Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa Eastern Cape chair Nkosi Mwelo Nonkonyana has confirmed that three initiates have died in the province since the launch of the initiation period last week.

According to Nonkonyane, all three circumcisions were illegal and did not follow any of the traditional procedures nor the legal processes.

Read: Male circumcision lowers the risk of HIV for women by 30%

In the Eastern Cape, we have legislation to the traditional prescribed procedures.

Nkosi Mwelo Nonkonyana, Chair - Contralesa Eastern Cape

Nonkonyana says the legislation prescribes that the boy must be at least 18 years or older, must be prechecked by doctors and have approval from traditional institutions.

Two of the three that died there were 15 and 16 years old.

This shows that the parents are negligent. They are coerced by the children to undergo these illegal circumcisions.

Nkosi Mwelo Nonkonyana, Chair - Contralesa Eastern Cape

The law needs to make provision that the parents are held criminally responsible.

Nkosi Mwelo Nonkonyana, Chair - Contralesa Eastern Cape

Nonkonyane says his office has released all the members of the provincial house, together with traditional leaders and Indunas, to go and visit each and every circumcision lodge and ensure that the children are evacuated.

So far about 20 children have been evacuated and five of those are receiving medical attention.

As a direct result of unemployment, there are people who call themselves traditional surgeons who have not received any form of training and they are causing this havoc in our societies.

Nkosi Mwelo Nonkonyana, Chair - Contralesa Eastern Cape

These are the people we need to target because, unfortunately, the parents do give them money.

Nkosi Mwelo Nonkonyana, Chair - Contralesa Eastern Cape

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Three boys die at Eastern Cape initiation schools


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
'Most populous city Johannesburg has largest number of people living with HIV'

'Most populous city Johannesburg has largest number of people living with HIV'

Professor Salim Abdool Karim looks at recent research by University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

'Condom use still very low across 16 and above age group'

'Condom use still very low across 16 and above age group'

The HSRC's Dr Mpumi Zungu pins the current statistics for condom use at 38.9%, a slight improvement from 36, 2% in 2012.

Conviction for initiation school deaths a biggest challenge - NPA

Conviction for initiation school deaths a biggest challenge - NPA

The NPA in the Eastern Cape says not enough cases have been convicted because there is no corporation from the initiates.

[LISTEN] Should women have a say in male rites of passage?

[LISTEN] Should women have a say in male rites of passage?

Mmampho Gogela from the Centre for Learning &Teaching Dev at Walter Sisulu University talks about her thesis on circumcision.

'Summon the dead if you must, but stop killing our kids in initiation schools!'

'Summon the dead if you must, but stop killing our kids in initiation schools!'

Breakfast Show host Bongani Bingwa says it's high time circumcision is done in a clinical environment.

Government urges parents to ensure children are not illegally circumcised

Government urges parents to ensure children are not illegally circumcised

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is creating awareness in villages on illegal circumcision.

[LISTEN] We would rather come to a compromise than cancel Inxeba - NFVF

[LISTEN] We would rather come to a compromise than cancel Inxeba - NFVF

The National Film and Video Foundation says it has met with The CRL Rights Commission to resolve concerns surrounding the film.

#Inxeba: We should be more outraged by initiate deaths - Bongani Bingwa

#Inxeba: We should be more outraged by initiate deaths - Bongani Bingwa

There has been widespread anger over the film, with Contralesa claiming it is an inaccurate depiction of isiXhosa rituals.

Profile interview: Spin doctor Chris Vick chats politics & life in the system

Profile interview: Spin doctor Chris Vick chats politics & life in the system

‘The way school socialised you under Apartheid was that white people are superior & black people are inferior’ – Chris Vick

Popular articles
[WATCH] 'Fourth industrial revolution' braai has social media talking

[WATCH] 'Fourth industrial revolution' braai has social media talking

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Pre-school class erupts as boy returns from RWC, goes viral

[WATCH] Pre-school class erupts as boy returns from RWC, goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

We’ll shut you down! – unions to SAA ('overstaffed by any measure globally’)

We’ll shut you down! – unions to SAA ('overstaffed by any measure globally’)

The money-pit airline is fighting for its life. Bruce Whitfield interviews Theto Mahlakoana, a senior political reporter at EWN.

'KZN ideal tornado climate, but no evidence it's consequence of climate change'

'KZN ideal tornado climate, but no evidence it's consequence of climate change'

Wits University's Global Institute climate modeller professor Francois Engelbrecht explains why a storm hit the area on Tuesday.

KFC couple asks for time as they deliberate on wedding plans

KFC couple asks for time as they deliberate on wedding plans

The man who proposed at KFC says the outpouring of love and support has left him and his partner speechless.

[WATCH] Gay teen fights back against school bully as teachers do nothing

[WATCH] Gay teen fights back against school bully as teachers do nothing

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Farmer heartbroken as he watches animals die, says drought relief would help

Farmer heartbroken as he watches animals die, says drought relief would help

A Limpopo farmer and a Wits academic discuss the water crisis in South Africa that is affecting the agricultural industry.

[VIDEO] Family saved from being hit by speeding SUV goes viral

[VIDEO] Family saved from being hit by speeding SUV goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.