State doesn’t care about circumcision massacres

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State doesn’t care about circumcision massacres

FREE TO READ | Unless there’s a racial tinge to it and some political capital to be had, our politicians do nothing

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Imagine that you land in a foreign country, pick up a local newspapers and learn that 19 local young men had died at the hands of known people over the past few weeks – and yet very few had been arrested or would face the courts for it. Imagine learning that this is an annual occurrence and that last year 44 boys died under exactly the same circumstances. No one had been convicted for those deaths.

Imagine learning that since 2006 a total of 788 young men had died in similar fashion – at traditional circumcision schools. Few are held responsible. Every year there is shock and horror and a few write-ups in newspapers. Then these young boys get killed again. It’s regular as clockwork. This time next year it will be exactly the same.

I arrived in SA last week and these are the statistics I read in the City Press newspaper on Sunday. I have read and written about these statistics before, yet they never fail to shock me. Young men are dying right in front of us, and we do nothing. Once again, these black lives don’t matter...

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