March for rights of the disabled

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THE South African Police Service have joined hands with the departments of justice and health, correctional services, South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa), Women’s Network and Men for Change in a march to highlight the plight of people living with disabilities, especially the deaf and visually impaired, to the High Court in Vincent.
The recent march was followed by an awareness campaign at Cambridge location.

ENOUGH : People marched to the High Court in Vincent to highlight the plight of people living with disabilities.

Pastor Pumelele Jemane , from Deaf Fellowship, said deaf people were among the most margina-lised disabled group, because they live in a silent world.

“The constitution is very clear that all people are equal before the law. We still live in a society that sees people’s disabilities as a curse and a burden.

“Unfortunately, government is not doing much to make sure that all civil servants know how to use sign language to deliver basic services to our deaf community.”

SAPS spokesman Captain Mluleki Mbi said the march aimed to show that people was taking a stand and to let the public know that the deaf and visually impaired community was supported by the police.

“This year we have taken a step in the fight to end violence against women and children to include other vulnerable groups like people living with disabilities and the elderly.

“The Mdantsane Cluster commander, Major General Henry Vos was at the forefront of this campaign to ensure its success.”

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