GAUTENG – The Democratic Alliance (DA) has alleged the African National Congress (ANC) of not prioritising people with disabilities following claims that they have been excluded from accessing opportunities offered by the Gauteng government.
“People with disabilities claim that they have been excluded from accessing opportunities offered by the Gauteng government,” said DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Infrastructure Development, Alan Fuchs.
The DA said this came to light during a meeting hosted by the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) with stakeholders representing people living with disabilities that was held in the Johannesburg City Hall.
“Stakeholders highlighted that some government facilities were not designed to accommodate people with disabilities.”
The party said other issues that were raised at the meeting included allegations that people with disabilities were only offered low level jobs despite their skills and did not have access to some training opportunities.
The DA believes that people living with disabilities must not be discriminated against and are entitled to the same rights as the able bodied.
Furthermore, the DA has called on the MEC for Infrastructure Development, Jacob Mamabolo to address the concerns raised urgently.