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Initiation schools should abide by act

By Sapa | Jun 26, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 20 ]

Initiation schools should abide by the Children's Act when performing circumcision on boys, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Wednesday.

"Those who contravene these sections will be prosecuted," NPA spokesman Nathi Mncube said in a statement.

He said according to section 12 (8) of the act, boys under the age of 16 may only be circumcised if this was performed for religious purposes, or if the circumcision procedure was necessary for medical reasons, which were based upon the recommendation of a medical practitioner.

The act states that anyone who is guilty of contravening this section will be liable to a term of imprisonment up to 10 years, a fine, or a fine and imprisonment.

A repeat offender may be liable for a term of up to 20 years' imprisonment a fine, or a fine and imprisonment.

In relation to boys over the age of 16, the act stipulates that circumcision procedures can only be performed if "the child has given consent to the circumcision in the prescribed manner, after proper counselling of the child and in the manner prescribed".

According to section 12 (9) of the act, boys who undergo circumcision procedures should receive proper counselling and the boy must give written consent on the form prescribed by regulation.

The section of the act also stipulates that the circumcision procedure should be "performed by either a medical practitioner or a person who has been trained to perform circumcisions and who has knowledge of the child's social and cultural practices".

In accordance with Regulation 5(2), the procedure should be performed in a sterile environment and the human tissue should be properly disposal of.

"In instances where death ensues due to negligence, the responsible persons will be charged with culpable homicide," the act stipulates.

Taking into consideration the child's age, maturity and stage of development, every male child has a right to refuse circumcision, the act says.


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Jun 26, 2014 6:50 | 0 replies


O-o-k by the way is that time of the year in EC and Limpopo. Goodluck with all that hai *headshake*

Jun 26, 2014 8:1 | 0 replies


How about monitoring and enforcing the blerrie laws ?!?!? You make all these laws and then just ignore them.

Jun 26, 2014 8:20 | 1 replies


I knew it, you were going to comment.SMH

Jun 26, 2014 8:35 | 1 replies


I knew you were going to shake your head. Shake it a bit harder. Maybe your ears will klap you awake

Jun 26, 2014 9:25 | 1 replies


Hahahahahaha, thanks for making chuckle Momma... I have never heard anyone being prosecuted for the fatalities caused by this ritual, so they can talk all they want about Acts and sh!t, those poor boys will die by their hundreds until they do something about it.

Jun 26, 2014 11:4 | 0 replies


It is clear that this Act was not passed with the intention to promote cultural activities, I think some sections there may not be in line with the constitution,

Jun 26, 2014 8:21 | 1 replies


Eish mara Mulani this pic ya mpolaya mann.. yerrrr!

Jun 26, 2014 11:4 | 0 replies


The practice must be banned and only be read about in books like we are reading about the burning of witches in the middle ages.

Jun 26, 2014 8:45 | 1 replies


STFU Whiteboy

Jun 26, 2014 11:51 | 1 replies


I guess evolving from cave men to modern man is not in your vocabulary.

Jun 26, 2014 12:22 | 0 replies


I did it at 12, right in the Mountains, why change our culture now? just get rit of bogus schools and arrest their Leaders, not age restriction, at 16 boys are very sexual active and there is no way you can only cut them after 16 years

Jun 26, 2014 8:49 | 0 replies


nathi mncube masendakho msana awazi neks ngengoma thina sawela sabuya msana.labantwana enithi bayafa abalandeli umthetho thina amandebele nawuyokwela awumane uwele kune zinto okosele uziyeke =le macala kokuthoma njengabantazana kosele udlalele kude nabo kwesi bili uyekele ukudla okunamafutha.ngoba ikunzani iyabetha emsaneni

Jun 26, 2014 8:52 | 1 replies


Entlek ngiyatlhuwa nangibona izinto ezifana nalezi!

Jun 26, 2014 9:42 | 0 replies


This things should be done in the hospital

Jun 26, 2014 9:10 | 0 replies


Half a million botched circumcisions since 2008. That is 500 000 people removed from the gene pool. Please ignore the law and carry on as you do, our gene pool could use some chlorine.

Jun 26, 2014 9:14 | 0 replies


I wish xhosa's can wake up and stop this torture to young men

Jun 26, 2014 9:36 | 0 replies


nna rea bolotsa & retlo tswelapele ka lebollo le teng gago ngwana yo a gapeletsegang go ya boikgetholo & re bolotsa bana ka tshwanelo.

Jun 26, 2014 10:6 | 0 replies