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Taxi driver kidnapped and forcibly circumcised

By Frank Maponya Limpopo Bureau Chief | Jun 21, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 49 ]

"The abductors must be traced and face penalties" - House of Traditional Leaders. But the victim will not be released from the school

THE family of a Limpopo taxi owner is fuming after he was abducted, allegedly by his colleagues in the taxi industry, and forced into an initiation school to be circumcised.

The incident happened on Sunday, two days after the start of the initiation season, in Nebo in the Sekhukhune area.

Jacob Mafiri, 42, was allegedly taken against his will to an initiation school in Eensaam village.

Mafiri is a well-known taxi owner and driver in the area.

It is not known what prompted the action and the matter is still under investigation.

His brother, Thomas, confirmed to Sowetan that Mafiri had not yet been to an initiation school as required by the culture of his family.

"We come from a religious family in which none of us, including our parents, were ever allowed to attend initiations," Thomas said.

"We view what happened to Jacob as his rights having been trampled on by the perpetrators.

"Jacob has a wife and five children who all depend on him," he said.

"His car is parked and cannot operate because no one, except the owner, has a permit to operate it as a taxi."

Initiation schools in Limpopo began operating on Friday last week and are scheduled to continue until mid-July.

This is in anticipation of the normal academic calendar of public schools in the province, which reopen on July 16.

Thomas said it was worrisome that the period between now and when the initiation schools were set to close down was long and that his brother's family would starve. Mafiri is the sole breadwinner.

Limpopo deputy chairman of the House of Traditional Leaders Hosi Eric Chauke said abduction was not allowed as they - the men who adducted Mafiri - had the responsibility to "respect other people's human rights".

"In this case the abductors must be traced and face penalties," Chauke said.

"It is obviously a police case and we will report it."

But Chauke said that it was wrong for the family to have approached Sowetan first, and not the traditional leader under whose jurisdiction the initiation school operated.

Asked what would happen to the victim, Chauke said he (Mafiri) would not be released from the school since doing so might expose the activities of the initiation programme.

"The victim will, unfortunately, have to see out his term in the school," Chauke said.

"But we will meet the sub-committee dealing with issues of initiations in the Sekhukhune district to find out what exactly had transpired."

- frankm@sowetan.co.za

COMMENTS [ 49 ]

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It's hard to work with uncircumsized person, you can smell that extra meat all the time. They just do not know it, shame. Every Leshoboro must go and get circumsized, even the government is campaigning that u guys must get the cut. Time will come where u are forced by law to undergo circucision because your extra meat is poisoning the nation.

Jun 25, 2012 9:36 | 0 replies

Mashoboro ke bona ba kading nto tša mohutao, Mathumašha ga a dire bošhilo.

Jun 22, 2012 7:1 | 0 replies

Forcibly circumcising a man (or a boy) is very like raping a woman - violating them in the most intimate way. It is a disgusting practice and it must stop. (And it makes your spear blunter, not sharper.) Any culture that requires this needs to change, just as cultures that required slavery had to change. No custom or culture is perfect or unchangable.

Jun 22, 2012 4:12 | 0 replies

I meant to say 'You can't force someone to do something they don't want'.

masculinnkosi@gmail.com

Jun 21, 2012 5:11 | 0 replies

Truth be told. There is a huge difference between a circumcised & uncircumcised pe_nis. I got circumcised 4 years ago in my early twenties while I was doing my final year @ varsity. From then on se_x has been absolutely out of this world. I went to Louis Pasteur Hospital and I don't regret even an inch. I feel her completely when I'm inside her since I got circumcised. Blow J are much better than before. My peni_s is always clean and it looks good.

There is no better advise to a man than encouraging him to circumcise however I totally disagree with abduction. You can force someone to do something they don't want.

masculinnkosi@gmail.com

Jun 21, 2012 5:10 | 0 replies

so he was un-cut? I like these taxi drivers' sence of humour! lol!

Jun 21, 2012 5:1 | 0 replies
Jun 21, 2012 4:33 | 0 replies

It must be realy hard staying in Limpopo

Jun 21, 2012 4:8 | 0 replies

GODESS
GODESS
Ke Mopedi thwiii, ebile wa lebollo, mara what happened to this guy was an insult to his rights. Unless he willingly wanted to go le yena. Mara shem ke sono, nagana se aloga sa mokhaba, but im sure he will not wear lekgeswa but normal trousers
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GODESS, what rights? for your information there is no rights for boys. if you are dating one his turn is coming, friendly warning
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I agree gore mashoboro wona ga a nyakege, mara akere it is an individual's right whether they wanna be cut or not? and LOL @ if you are dating one his turn is coming, friendly warning
I dont do polonecks, had one and i dumped it the next day...
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these polonecks boys are clever, i used to share a flat with one whlist still studying, i laughed everytime he take a bathand he said to me that when is time for monyakazo he will pull it back, G i said to him what a mission, just go and get that funny cut, he scared of pains. he did not understood that pains come with benefit. i have made a terrible mistake i should have took a picture of it so it off to my children.

Jun 21, 2012 4:4 | 0 replies

o loutsa kae ga a bowa?

Jun 21, 2012 4:3 | 0 replies

GODESS
Ke Mopedi thwiii, ebile wa lebollo, mara what happened to this guy was an insult to his rights. Unless he willingly wanted to go le yena. Mara shem ke sono, nagana se aloga sa mokhaba, but im sure he will not wear lekgeswa but normal trousers
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GODESS, what rights? for your information there is no rights for boys. if you are dating one his turn is coming, friendly warning
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I agree gore mashoboro wona ga a nyakege, mara akere it is an individual's right whether they wanna be cut or not? and LOL @ if you are dating one his turn is coming, friendly warning
I dont do polonecks, had one and i dumped it the next day...

Jun 21, 2012 3:54 | 0 replies