Disabled people launch organ

2016-09-22 06:00

People living with disabilities in Gugulethu and other townships still face the challenge of being refused to board taxis.

Drivers complain that allowing a disabled person on to a taxi is too cumbersome and other passengers loose their patience.

These and many other challenges are the reason why the Disabled People South Africa is launching its Gugulethu branch next week.

DPSA is a national advocacy group for people living with disabilities.

The branch will be opened on the Tuesday 27 September at the Vukuhambe Disabled Centre and according to the organisation’s provincial council member Thozi Mciki, it is about time.

“People living with disabilities, especially in this area, face many difficulties that range from lack of appropriate transport, alienation by locals and lack or work opportunities. Even if one is lucky enough to land a job, there are no steps taken to make sure that they can adapt well in the workplace, especially for the mobility impaired,” said Mciki.

He said this then leads to many quitting work and becoming reclusive as they do not feel that they are part of the community.

“It is for this reason that we will be opening the branch in Gugulethu, so that people can come to us for assistance.

They may have issues with the grants, problems at school or at the work place,” he added.

Another provincial council member, Nonkuthalo Hiti, said they one of the biggest challenges faced by disabled residents was they did not understand their rights.

“We often find that they do not understand their rights and even their families and guardians as well have very little understand. This then leads to not only abuse but to them not receiving services they desperately need and not questioning that.

We are calling everyone who is interested in improving the lives of people with disabilities to come forward. This meeting is open to everyone,” said Hiti.

Mciki said that they were looking forward to young people coming forward and assisting as well.

For more information please contact Nandipha Mxobo on 0218371981 during office hours.

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