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.
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
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