Research on disabled needed - SAHRC
Johannesburg - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday called for more research on the situations of disabled people in South Africa, a few days after four blind boys burnt to death in their school dormitory.
"Today the world commemorates International Day of Persons Living with Disabilities. The purpose of this day is to promote awareness of the rights of persons living with disabilities and to integrate them in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities," the commission said.
"As the world commemorates this important day, the commission is of the view that there is still a dire need for more data and statistics on the situation of persons with disabilities in South Africa.
"To give effect to this the commission hopes that Census 2011 has been designed in a manner that will capture this information accurately so that the public and private sector can begin to be much more responsive in their services to accommodate this group."
The SAHRC said it was "critical" the rights of disabled people be recognised.
"The commission also notes with concern the recent incident where four boys living with disabilities were burnt to death under suspicious circumstances when their dormitory at a North West school for the blind caught fire.
The commission intended talking with the relevant government departments to get clarity on the matter and insist on an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.