A renewed moral authority has set in the Zulu kindred and all Zulu men must now go out and get circumcised or face the music.

This call from Prince Nhlanganiso Zulu was the second edict telling Zulu men to do so since King Shaka banned the practice to save youths time in the hills during the rites of passage ritual so they could rather go out and fight to build the nation.

The prince said he was repeating the message delivered by his father, King Goodwill Zwelithini in 2009 “for the war against HIV”, noting the high prevalence in the province.

Last night, at least 50 people had responded to his calls and gone to the St Aidan’s and Prince Mshiyeni Memorial hospitals for the free circumcisions on offer, said Skye Grove, spokesperson for the HIV/Aids NGO, Right To Care.