JOHANNESBURG - Not wanting her son to be an initiation school statistic, Puleng Potloane from Boipatong in the Vaal allowed her 10-year-old son to get medically circumcised.
Potloane heard about the procedure when Vikelizizwe Solutions, an NGO that offers male circumcision, advertised their services at her son’s school and he brought home a consent form.
What is the education department saying about a recruitment drive at primary schools? Two more 10-year-old boys were hospitalised in March after being circumcised by Vikelizizwe Solutions staff. Months later, parents still have unanswered questions about why such a simple procedure went so horribly wrong and had such devastating effects. Courtesy #DStv403
In 2013, former health minister Aaron Motsoaledi launched a nationwide medical male circumcision campaign as part of the health department’s HIV/Aids prevention programme.
Studies have shown that medial male circumcision can reduce the chance of contracting HIV by 60-percent but circumcision is considered risky for boys under 14-years.
Checkpoint’s Ditlhare Bosiu and Tshepo Dhlamini investigate botched circumcisions involving 10-12-year-olds in the Sedibeng District.