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Dlamini Zuma on why initiation was allowed in EC

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Only those already in initiation schools would be allowed to finish

Minister for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Picture: Bongani Mbatha /African News Agency (ANA)

COOPERATIVE Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said there had been a strong presentation from the Easgtern Cape government, traditional leaders and many people asking for circumcision to be allowed.

Dlamini Zuma was responding to the question of why the government allowed circumcisions to be held in the Eastern Cape during the lockdown.

The rite has been banned after the country was moved to level 3 after only Eastern Cape was allowed during level one, except Nelson Mandela Bay and Sarah Baartman District.

Dlamini Zuma said there were consultations with the Health Department and the government as a whole when the rite was allowed.

“There were strict protocols that were put in place. The Eastern Cape government, working with traditional leaders and other stakeholders, produced a plan to satisfy that health protocols will be adhered to.”

Dlamini Zuma also said imigidi and ceremonies held after the rite had been banned.

“At the time, the numbers were not what they are. It is for that reason that numbers are rising that the government has taken a decision that initiation must stop,” she said.

“They were allowed in the Eastern Cape. Now it has been stopped because really the situation has changed.”

She stated that only those already in initiation schools would be allowed to finish. Otherwise, it was no longer allowed.