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More disabled people in govt

2011-10-10 16:46

Durban - There has been a significant rise in the number of disabled people employed by the government, the minister of people with disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, said on Monday.

"There is now increased self-representation of persons with disabilities in Parliament, provincial legislatures and in local government," she said.

Xingwana was speaking in Durban at the first day of the Eighth World Assembly of Disabled People.

Deputy Public Works Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, and 17 members of Parliament had disabilities, Xingwana said.

People with disabilities were also represented in institutions such as the Human Rights Commission, the Commission on Gender Equality and the National Youth Development Agency.

"Government departments and provinces are setting up disability policies and targets in mainstreaming service delivery to persons with disabilities," she said.

Disabled People's International chairperson Guzman Jara said countries should ensure the disabled played a greater role in society.

"We are not happy that disabled people are not part of political and economic activities," he said.

He called on countries to make sure science and technology were at the service of disabled people.

Comments
  • HappyGoLucky - 2011-10-10 16:55

    physically challenged OR mentaly challenged? oh...sorry, stupid question... mentally it is

      cliffarc - 2011-10-10 17:02

      - Mental disability is a pre requisite for an Anc post.

      frans.visserdsb - 2011-10-10 17:07

      LOL - I wanted to say that this is nothing new, they have been appointing people with mental disabilities for years...

  • d2eguy - 2011-10-10 16:57

    I can believe that as most of the ANC is mentaly disabled .

  • Bennie - 2011-10-10 17:10

    Being Stupid and useless is not a disability !!!!

      The_Realist - 2011-10-10 18:04

      it is a prerequisite in the ayencee and their yoof leeg!

  • Richard Butler - 2011-10-10 17:13

    Tell us something we don't know.

  • Meerkatjie - 2011-10-10 17:14

    I think minister there are alot more disabled people in government, even upto the President, that said will all due respect to real disabled persons

  • Assegaai - 2011-10-10 17:20

    And I thought the whole government is disabled

  • Rich - 2011-10-10 17:24

    Every idiot in Government is disabled -- in the brain !!

  • Mlungu - 2011-10-10 17:30

    I think the ANC just walked into that one LOL

  • FrankieM - 2011-10-10 17:30

    Yes,there are a lot of people working in the government with disabilities, most of them mental handicaps.

  • EishPasteSarmi - 2011-10-10 17:36

    @HappyGoLucky - exactly what I was thinking, spot on mate!

  • EishPasteSarmi - 2011-10-10 17:36

    @HappyGoLucky - exactly what I was thinking, spot on mate!

  • Frans - 2011-10-10 17:41

    My opinion they all disabled anyways so whats the problem!!

  • Antwahn - 2011-10-10 17:43

    Good to hear. We have already plenty of aesthetically challenged, morally crippled, intellectually deprived -and as already pointed out a plenitude of the mentally disabled. Now give people with a perfectly useful brain (but physical difficulties) a chance. It can only be for the good.

  • leonard - 2011-10-10 18:11

    Totally a different subject but to do with mental ability.NEW 24,SHAME ON YOU.CLOSING DOWN SITES BEFORE COMMENT CAN BE MADE.CASE IN POINT,ZUMA AND R700,000 ON CAR HIRE.THIS IS NEWS WORTHY BEFORE MANY OTHER STORIES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT.

  • Witbooi - 2011-10-10 19:16

    Headline says it all - I rest my case your honour!!

  • VELOCITY - 2011-10-10 20:40

    I thought they were all disabled?

  • Richard Butler - 2011-10-10 20:58

    Wait - this is not right! Disabled people can and do make a meaningful contribution to society, given the chance. No one in the ANC has made any meaningful contribution ...... LOL - talk about stick out your chin

  • Maryann - 2011-10-10 21:24

    When I read the title I had to think twice to make sure it wasn't April Fools day!!

  • Mboneli - 2011-12-04 10:08

    Well done Mrs Xingwana u 're excel it's what we expect over the years because those who are physicaly challenge were disadvantage spiritualy,it is our responsibility to address the HDSA there is still a long way to close this huge gape.

  • Luciano - 2011-12-04 16:56

    you for president

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