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Unlike in many other parts of the country where botched circumcisions claim the lives of initiates, Phetla Initiation School in Mamelodi always boasts a 100percent success rate with its initiates.
Recently 40 initiates were reported dead in Eastern Cape and many others hospitalised following botched surgery, mostly at illegal schools.
Kgosi Solly Phetla, 53, owner of the popular Phetla Initiation School and a member of the Tshwane Health Board in charge of initiation in schools and their operations, attributes his success to discipline, proper treatment of initiates and skills he acquired from his late father and grandfather.
Phetla said his grandfather died in 1982 after operating the same initiation school for many years.
"After his death my father ran the school until his death in 1987.
" I took over the school and we have been operating every year without experiencing serious problems with initiates. Occasionally we get initiates who hide their sicknesses but as soon as we discover that something is wrong with them, we give them treatment and if they are serious, we take them to hospital."
He said to avoid unnecessary loss of life at initiation schools, all illegal initiation schools should be closed down and only properly registered schools with skilled leaders be allowed to operate.
Phetla believed that there was room for change in some of the primitive methods used at schools. He said initiates had in the past survived the harsh methods because they were healthy and physically strong.
"Initiates should be treated with absolute care and respect. No child will be accepted at the school without the approval of his parents."
He also condemned the primitive methods in which initiates were tortured by nurses, teachers or visitors who had already graduated.
"All my initiates wear shoes all the time. To ensure that they are healthy you, as a leader, have to always be present at your school and even sleep with them," Phetla said.
Phetla said leaders should abstain from sexual activities for a month before the arrival of the initiates and their subsequent surgery must be done with sterilised equipment, including blades and gloves.