Disabled, elderly pampered

2017-11-09 06:00
Ward 98 councillor Anele Gabuza looks on as careworkers pamper the disabled during an awareness event in Thusong Centre Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Ward 98 councillor Anele Gabuza looks on as careworkers pamper the disabled during an awareness event in Thusong Centre Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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“People with disabilities are often neglected in our communities and their problems become theirs alone ... this must be changed.

This is according to Harare’s Ward 98 Councillor Anele Gabuza, who hosted an awareness program and pampering for the disabled in the area.

The event was held at the Thusong Centre on Tuesday, with the help of the City’s social development and early childhood development.

Gabuza said that an invitation was extended to the disabled as a way of making the community more inclusive.

“What I have observed is that people living with disability are excluded in the community and they also don’t feel part of the community. Today we want to tell them that their problems are our problems and today we discuss those and there solutions in the pipeline,” he said.

On the day there was entertainment and workshops from Sassa, Epilepsy SA as well gifts of sanitary items were handed over.

The councillor said that the event will be an annual celebration and that R50,000 was allocated towards the event.

He said one of the biggest challenges faced by the disabled was the living conditions and this was soon to be addressed.

“There is an upcoming housing development of around 1200 and we are going to make sure that they are first in line.

Disabled people often have to fend for themselves because they are neglected and they don’t have adequate housing,” he said.

Rorisang Lefusa from Harare, who lives with albinism, complained about stigma and victimization that the disabled faced.

He also was not pleased with government employees who are never patient with the elderly and the disabled.

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