21st August 2014.
The IFP Women’s Brigade calls on the Minister
of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Susan Shabangu
to lead by example to ensure that all government departments
reach the 2% target for employment of people with disabilities
so that the public sector can follow suit.
"It is unacceptable that government is not
meeting its target when it comes to employment of people with
disabilities, this needs to be addressed without any further
delay and remains a cause for concern in the advancement of the
rights of the people with disabilities," said IFP Women Brigade
National Chairperson, Mrs Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa.
"We hope that the new Minister will bring
change in dealing with women issues and people with
disabilities, unlike her predecessor, Lulu Xingwana who splurged
R2.1 million of taxpayer’s money decorating her department. She
further spent R25 million of the budget on travel and
subsistence, Mrs kaMadlopha-Mthethwa continued.
“We also urge the Minister to put her words
into action. Her department must come up with a detailed plan of
how the department will benefit people with disabilities, women
and children, especially those in rural areas," continued Mrs kaMadlopha-Mthethwa.
"We further extend our call that crime and
violence strategies should take the specific needs and
vulnerabilities of persons with disabilities into
consideration-ensuring that clear programmes are developed and
popularised in the sector to prevent crime, violence and abuse,"
concluded Mrs KaMadlopha-Mthethwa.
IFP Women Brigade National Chairperson, Mrs
Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa, 079 114 3015
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