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CIRCUMCISION SHORTCUT DISASTER

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Xolisa

STUBBORN XOLISA thought he had found a short cut to becoming a man,but it was a bad and painful mistake.

I WAS CIRCUMCISED TWICE BECAUSE I NEVER LISTENED TO MY PARENTS, SAID XOLISA.

Xolisa Nombewu from Moses Mabhida, near Kirkwood, Eastern Cape, said he went to the mountain without his parents’ consent

when he was 17.
“But the ingcibi who circumcised me and other boys was not a professional. When I showed other men my 4-5 to show I was circumcised, although I had no umgidi, they told me a circumcised man does not look like me,” he said.

Xolisa
“I saw my manhood didn’t look like those of my friends. When I went to pee men would ask questions about my 4-5. They said I was not properly circumcised.”
Word spread that he was not a man and on 24 June, Xolisa, who is now 21, decided to be circumcised again.
This was after he had been moered by men who said he was still a boy and was not allowed to call them by their names.
“I think my ancestors punished me for going to the bush without my parents’ permission. But now I’m happy that I am a real man. It was painful but it was worth it because I did it the right way,” Xolisa said.
Xolisa’s father Godfrey Nombewu, (56) told Daily Sun he was retrenched in 2012 and that is why there was a delay. Xolisa was supposed to go for circumcision the following year.
“But he never listened to us. He was circumcised without my permission. Since then his peers have been calling him a boy,” said Godfrey. “The family is happy about his decision. He suffered a lot of humiliation in this community. I cried because a new man for the amaQwathi clan was born.”
He said on 16 July during his umgidi, women will ululate and men will welcome him and introduce him to the ancestors and to the entire community, because now is a real man.”
Thembikhaya Tsolwana, president of Inkolo Kantu Traditional Organisation, told Daily Sun it is very important for a boy to get permission from his parents before he goes for circumcision, because every family has its own traditions and customs.
“When the boy is ready to go, his family will inform the ancestors. Evil spirits and people with bad intentions like these places. To chase away these evil forces, boys are even taken to sangomas or inyanga to make them strong.
“The same applies to this boy who was circumcised twice. The ancestors were angry because they were not informed.
“During his umgidi the elders will take him to enkundleni, where they worship the ancestors, and inform them that the boy has successfully graduated from being a boy to a man.

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