Research on disabled needed - SAHRC

2010-12-03 11:25

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.

  • Stryder - 2010-12-03 12:08

    I think it is obvious that you can see people with disabilities. They normally walk with walking sticks and dogs if blind, in wheelchairs if paralised and speak with their hands if deaf. Getting another commission is a waste of money. The truth, these children gets neglected cos they do not bring any labola in for the parents and is seen as a nuicance by their fellow community members. No commission is going to help or have solutions if the abovementioned is the facts. Start with the attitude of the parents towards their children with dissabilities and you will by surprised what their answer is going to be. I am speaking of personal knowledge from a person who worked for me and treated her dissabled daughter like an animal, because she was no "profit" to the family.

      Rosie - 2010-12-03 12:36

      Styder You don't know what you are talking about. I have a mentally retarded son and do not have any financial gain from his disability, it is obvious you don't know what you are talking about. Can you tell if a child is Autistic or not. No you can't so I believe that research is needed often a person has multiple disabilities. I think that you have a disablity as well taking judgement on people when you have not walked a mile in their shoes. Raising a child that is disabled is challenging & we need support as well not critisism. My condolences to the Family of the deceaseda tragedy indeed.

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