9th September 2014.
The IFP Women's Brigade calls on government,
especially the National Minister of People with Disabilities to
enact laws that guarantee the rights and safeguard people with
albinism from the black market for body parts.
"People with albinism cannot go on living in
fear; a solution must be found. Government must do more to end the violence
and discrimination against people with albinism. This can only
begin with having a legislative framework that should be adopted
by government, and such laws should have severe fines and
punishments," said IFP Women's Brigade National Chairperson, Mrs Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL.
"The IFP believes that once there is a
stringent law against witchcraft it will bring down the demand
for people's body parts and curtail the widespread superstitions
that drive up the trade of human body parts. We further call on
government to deter further attacks by aggressively prosecuting
witchcraft-related violence," continued Mrs kaMadlopha-Mthethwa.
"We demand that there must be the reduction in
medical and health costs and expenses for people with albinism
because of their needs and living conditions as many are also
dependent on social grants. We also urge the Department of
Health to ensure that healthcare providers specialising in
albinism are adequately informed in order to provide the best
medical assistance to people with albinism," concluded Mrs
The IFP Women's Brigade National Chairperson,
Mrs Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa, 071 884
3844/079 114 3015
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