A Really Bad Reason to Ban Circumcision

A Really Bad Reason to Ban Circumcision July 24, 2014

There is a growing movement in this country and around the world to ban male circumcision, but a legislator in Zimbabwe has come up with the worst justification ever for doing so: Because the foreskin can be used in witchcraft to curse people.

MDC-T Matabeleland South senator Sithembile Mlotshwa has backed her motion calling for a ban on circumcision of children under the age of 18 by claiming that foreskins of circumcised men could be used for witchcraft.

Mlotshwa introduced the motion in the Senate on Thursday and was supported by MDC-T Masvingo senator Misheck Marava and Zanu-PF Mashonaland Central senator Damian Mumvuri.

She said children’s lives were being put at risk and that circumcision could affect their reproductive health.

Mlotshwa demanded that those who carryout circumcision should give back their patients the foreskins.

“There is a case of witchcraft in Zimbabwe,” Mlotshwa said.

“We so much want to use the parts of a body of a person to pursue finance, marriage or work…

She claimed some could be using the foreskins to get charms to enhance their chances of getting married.

“We so much want to get married nowadays and we want to use the young boys’ foreskins to mix with whatever we mix with to get more money,” Mlotshwa added.

Okey dokey.

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