Legislative Framework Must Be Adopted to
Protect People with Albinism

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 kaMadlopha-Mthethwa.



Issued by:

The IFP Women's Brigade National Chairperson,

Mrs Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa, 071 884 3844/079 114 3015


For Media Enquiries: 

Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Liaison Officer, 073 024 5675