National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCDP) has released a statement saying the shocking and tragic deaths of over hundred Life Esidimeni psychiatric patients is a horror that should never have happened.
NCDP says they feel that the tragedy was allowed to happen because government and society marginalise people with disabilities.
NCDP director, Therina Wentzel, says they understand that there are many problems to be addressed, but there is very little budget allocated to address the needs of people with disabilities.
Wentzel makes reference to the State of the Nation Address (Sona) which she says excluded people with hearing loss as national television did not provide subtitles.
We have got such beautiful legislation. We are far away compared to other countries, even with the best democracies. We are really advanced. But when it come to implementation, there is so much open to interpretation. Every province interprets what a piece of legislation says differently and that makes them to budget differently.— Therina Wentzel, National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities director
The whole interpretation of what is a basic human right and what basic health care means to you and me and someone with a disability.— Therina Wentzel, National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities director
Listen to the full interview below...