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
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.
IFP Spokesperson on Health
Mrs Hilda Msweli MP 072 513 1833
IFP Parliamentary Media Caucus' Media Liaison
Mr Phendulani Biyase,
073 024 5675