- Published on Thursday, 11 January 2018 14:53
KOKSTAD, SOUTH AFRICA — South Africa's Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has encouraged communities, especially those in KwaZulu-Natal Province, to preserve the circumcision culture, saying the practice is to ensure that it contributes towards the fight against HIV and AIDS.
The Zulu monarch was addressing hundreds of young males who have just been circumcised and completed initiation during a traditional homecoming ceremony held in this small town on the border between KwaZulu-Natal Province and Eastern Cape Province on Tuesday for young men who have successfully undergone circumcision.
Eighteen-year-old Bahlakoana Mahasele is one of the new initiates. He has just completed traditional circumcision under the supervision of a medical doctor.
Mahasela says he has gained a lot about life in general during his stay at the mountain. “I saw that boys who had been to the mountains are more disciplined and respected. I saw that this was a good thing and wanted to be like them and be respected. That’s why I wanted to be part of the team.”
The Zulu King says circumcision is not only about culture and tradition and he called on traditional leaders to ensure that young people are circumcised. He has also raised concern about an increasing numbers of teenage pregnancies.
More than one million men in KwaZulu-Natal have been circumcised since 2009 when King Goodwill Zwelithini revived the practice.
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