Disabled people march for jobs

2017-06-02 06:00
Disabled people march in Umzimkhulu.            Photo: supplied

Disabled people march in Umzimkhulu. Photo: supplied

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A LACK of job opportunities was one of the grievances on a list that disabled people gave to several departments in Umzimkhulu on Wednesday.

Disabled people, supported by members of Disabled Persons South Africa (DPSA), went to the offices of the Department of Transport, the Department of Education (DoE) and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) in Umzimkhulu.

DPSA branch chairperson in Harry Gwala District, Vusumuzi Dlamini said departments like Department of Transport and the DoE did not comply with the government mandate of employing disabled people.

“Seven percent of disabled people must be employed in government departments and the private sector.
In Umzimkhulu only few disabled people are employed in the Department of Education and Transport.

“We want the Department of Education to employ people who can communicate in sign language in the offices so that deaf people can be assisted.
“There have been cases when deaf people were turned away from the offices because there were no sign language interpre- ters.”

At the march it was highlighted that disabled people are charged extra in taxis because taxi drivers charge disabled people for carrying their wheelchairs.

He asked government to intervene and help to their plight.

On the grievance list disabled people said they are told to apply for temporary grants by Sassa officials instead of applying for permanent grants because there are people who were born disabled while others were became disabled later on.
They said every six months they have to go to Sassa to renew their disability grant, unlike other people.

Next month disabled people are to host al meeting where they will talk about hosting a provincial march.



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