Circumcision law to debut
June’s winter initiation season will be the first test of a law designed to improve the safety of traditional male circumcision in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, Dispatch Live reports. These changes to the Customary Male Initiation Practice Act passed the provincial legislature unanimously and were signed into law in May. The new law requires registration of traditional circumcisers and traditional nurses and sets the minimum age for traditional circumcision at 18. The Daily Dispatch reported in January that 29 initiates died and nine traditional surgeons and nurses were arrested during the 2016 summer initiation season (Dispatch Live, 15 June 2017).