Saturday, February 7, 2015

SWAZILAND: Ingatja Men Reject Circumcision on Cultural Grounds

The Times of Swaziland
January 22, 2015

Ingatja: Circumcision against Swazi culture

by Siusiso Shange
 NGABEZWENI – While the Church Forum and other organisations have embraced circumcision, some members of Ingatja have not.

In an interview, some members of Ingatja, who were found debating about the subject while they waited to be dispersed by the King, said circumcision was against culture. They said the removal of the foreskin was not good for them because it was necessary to ensure that the traditional attire attire known as imvunulo stayed on. “Ideally, when a man dons traditional attire, there is no need for him to wear underwear,” they said.

“Nawulijaha uyancwadza futsi nebetemphilo bayakukhutsata kushaywa ngumoya. Ngaphandle kwemvunulo kufana nekutsi uhamba ngcunu, pho ungahlalaphi nasesisokile,” wondered Bheki Mnisi, who was found buying a product to make umncadvo, which is worn as underwear by males in traditional regalia..

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