Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu to highlight the plight of persons with albinism in Witbank
The Deputy Minister of Social Development, MrsHendriettaBogopane-Zulu, will on Thursday, 22 March, highlight the plight of persons with albinism by visiting and rendering support to the Shabangu family in Witbank, Mpumalanga Province.
Two children from the Shabangu family, both of whom lived with albinism, were kidnapped and their bodies were later found decapitated.
Albinism is a hereditary condition that results in a lack of skin, hair and eye pigmentation. This inherited condition is characterised by a lack of the melanin pigment which results in pale skin, light hair, pale eyes and impaired vision.
The killing of persons with albinism is further perpetuated by deeply-rooted cultural myths such as that their body parts bring luck, fortune, wealth and prosperity. Over the last decade, about 200 killings, and more than 500 attacks on people with albinism, have been reported in 27 sub-Saharan African countries.
In her recent visit to the family of the late XolaniMkhize on Monday 19 March, the Deputy Minister committed herself to raising awareness against ritual killings, abuse and trafficking of persons with albinism. She also called for communities to play their part of ensuring that people with albinism are always protected.
The visits form part of the commemoration of Human Rights Month which is observed on 21 March annually.
Source: Government of South Africa