MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Circumcision Process Must be Monitored

17 May 2013      

 

The IFP calls on the Department of Health to monitor the circumcision process in initiation schools, so as to avoid further deaths.  IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Hilda Msweli (MP) said, "Cooperation between the Department of Health and the Traditional leaders is needed, and it will decrease the high number of deaths. Doctors should be involved in the process, to make sure that any initiate who needs urgent medical assistance receives it quickly. Some initiates died from complications due to the severe loss of blood, which could have been avoided."

 

Msweli added, "it is imperative that legitimate and safe initiation schools must be identified and supported by the health department. Any schools found to be negligent must be shut down and those who run them must be arrested.

Parents must know that the schools are safe and that no mistreatment will take place. The deaths of the 23 initiates in Mpumalanga could have been avoided if safety measures were in place."

 

The IFP calls on the health department to ensure that all initiation schools are verified as legitimate and are licensed to carry out the procedures safely. 

 

Contact:
IFP Spokesperson on Health
Mrs Hilda Msweli MP 072 513 1833

Or 

IFP Parliamentary Media Caucus' Media Liaison Officer
Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675