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Forum seeks to end illegal circumcisions

The forum’s main aim will be to ensure that practitioners who carry out circumcisions are qualified.

The forum’s main aim will be to ensure that practitioners who carry out circumcisions are qualified. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Southern Cape community leaders have formed a forum in a bid to put stop illegal circumcisions in the region.

The forum's main aim will be to ensure that surgeons and nurses who carry out circumcisions are registered and qualified.

It will also look into the health and safety of initiates during their time at traditional initiation schools.

On Saturday the forum's chairperson, Dr Richard Kutela, said forum members will also assist singles mothers whose sons go through the ritual which is common among African tribes.

He said during the initiation period for Xhosa people, males play a major role.

But Kutela said single mothers are often tricked by men who offer assistance in return for money.