SAHRC Moves To Address Plights Of Elderly And Disabled Persons In KZN


The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has announced plans to address the plight of the elderly and the disabled in Kwa-Zulu Natal province.

The commission says it will embark on a five-day visit to the province to assess human rights issues with regards to the disabled and elderly.

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According to SAHRC spokesperson, Wisani Baloyi; the visit became necessary after the commission was flooded with complaints bewailing systemic challenges related to the achievement of equality; particularly in relation to the disabled and elderly persons.

Perhaps, people do forget that the consequent isolation or ill-treatment of elderly or disabled persons means they are more likely to be poor, malnourished, illiterate, and they also tend to have a lesser chance of founding a family.

Recall that in 2015, the South African Human Rights Commission launched its Older Persons Report after series of complaints on ill-treatments and abuse meted out on elderly people were lodged at its office.

Additional information contained in the report revealed that elderly people barely access basic and adequate health care facilities and have little or no prospect of making ends meet.

Meanwhile, SAHRC Commissioner Bokankatla Malatji; would be leading the team to the visit; scheduled for August 15 to August 19. The visit will also seek to raise awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities and older persons.

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Statistics showed that majority of people with disabilities in the country are mostly excluded from the mainstream of society; thereby, having little or no access to fundamental social, political and economic rights.

In addition, it was found that an estimated 99% of disabled people are sidelined from employment in the open labour market. And this trend could be as a result of a number of factors which include: low skills levels due to inadequate education; discriminatory attitudes and practices by employers amongst others.