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Children's Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005)


General Regulations Regarding Children, 2010

Chapter 2 : Social, Cultural and Religious Practices(Section 12 of the Act)

Part ll : Male Circumcision

5. Circumcision for social or cultural purposes


(1) Circumcision of a male child older than 16 may only be performed—
(a) after the child has given consent in a form identical to Form 2;
(b) after proper counselling of the child by a parent, guardian, caregiver or social service professional;
(c) in accordance with the cultural or social practices of the child concerned; and
(d) by a medical practitioner or by a person with knowledge of the social or cultural practices of the child concerned and who has been properly trained to perform circumcisions.


(2) The medical practitioner or person contemplated in sub-regulation (1)(d) must at all times ensure that—
(a) sterile surgical gloves are worn during the circumcision and that they are disposed of after each circumcision;
(b) any instrument used during a circumcision is disposed of after each circumcision unless sterilised in accordance with medical standards for the sterilisation of surgical instruments;
(c) there is no direct blood contact, contact with any body fluid or contact with any foreign substance between the child undergoing the circumcision and the person performing the circumcision or any other person or child; and
(d) the disposal of any instruments used for circumcision including any human tissue takes place in accordance with medical standards for the disposal of surgical instruments and human tissue.