Botched circumcisions and the death of young initiates remain the thorn in the flesh of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders (ECHTL). The minimal role played by some parents and communities during initiation season, also remains a cause for concern.
Many of the deaths occurred due to illegal circumcision schools, assault, starvation dehydration of initiates and poor communication with parents about the health conditions of the initiates. To this end, members of House have undertaken awareness campaigns targeting the areas most affected by the death of then initiates namely, Nyandeni, Ntabankulu, Port St Johns, Ngquza Hill, Mbizana and areas of Chris Hani and Amathole District Municipalities. Continue reading