NOCIRC-SA is dedicated to the prevention of routine infant circumcision (RIC) and other forced genital cutting of children, where diagnosable pathology exists requiring such invasive approaches.
- To contribute towards the legitimate protection of all our children from the violation of non-consenting genital mutilation or modification.
- To educate fellow South Africans about the real dangers behind circumcision and thereby unite South Africans in the sensible fight against genital mutilation.
- To serve as a valuable resource base for the ordinary person and medical professional alike.
We also aim to create public awareness for the cause to halt routine circumcision and to inform parents of the lack of medical indication for circumcision.
We will endeavor to create an awareness of the unique creation of each child, and that ‘their’ body is to be respected from the day they are born. Should you see images on this web site that offend you, spare a thought for the baby boy who has had to go through the barbaric procedure.
South African boys get better protection
Circumcision of children is now illegal in South Africa, unless there is a clear diagnosable medical pathology – thanks to amendments to the South African Children’s Rights Act.
Medical indications for circumcision in infants and children are exceedingly rare, and doctors can no longer act perform this previously elective surgery for frivolous reasons or parental request.
Social, cultural and religious practices
12. (1) Every child has the right not to be subjected to social, cultural and religious practices which are detrimental to his or her well-being.
(3) Genital mutilation or the circumcision of female children is prohibited.
… (8) Circumcision of male children under the age of 16 is prohibited, except when
(a) circumcision is performed for religious purposes in accordance with the practices of the religion concerned and in the manner prescribed; or
(b) circumcision is performed for medical reasons on the recommendation of a medical practitioner.
(9) Circumcision of male children older than 16 may only be performed
(a) if the child has given consent to the circumcision in the prescribed manner;
(b) after proper counselling of the child; and
(c) in the manner prescribed.
(10) Taking into consideration the child[‘s age, maturity and stage of development, every male child has the right to refuse circumcision.
The Human Rights, Law & Ethics Committee of SAMA (South African Medical Association) has issued a statement regarading the proposed CIRCUMCISION OF BABIES FOR SUPPOSED HIV PREVENTION.
It is “unethical and illegal to perform circumcision on infant boys in this instance. In particular, the Committee expressed serious concern that not enough scientifically-based evidence was available to confirm that circumcisions prevented HIV contraction and that the public at large was influenced by incorrect and misrepresented information. The Committee reiterated its view that it did not support circumcision to prevent HIV transmission”
Men who have already being circumcised are encouraged to visit our partner organisation NORM-SA who can assist you in the process of restoring your birthright, through non-surgical foreskin restoration. However, if you have been fortunate enough not to have been ‘cut’, you will know the value of retaining bodily integrity. Prevention is better than cure and if we can prevent this unnatural practice from taking place at all, then NORM-SA will not be required for the next generation of males!