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'Not what we're looking for' - the struggle of being young, gifted & disabled

24 January 2019 5:42 PM
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"You aren't what we're looking for", Makgosi Letimile says this is a line she's become all too familiar with after job interviews.

Former business owner Makgosi Letimile says her job-seeking journey has been a traumatic experience because bigots cannot see past her disability.

Letimile wrote an opinion piece on The Daily Maverick, describing the exhausting obstacles she faces while looking for work.

Letimile is a former coffee shop owner with a diploma in office administration.

She became wheelchair-bound in 2016 after she was diagnosed with TB meningitis.

Since then, she's been on dozens of promising interviews but says it's been an uphill battle of rejection because of bigotry towards her physical disability.

I figure that if I wasn't qualified, then they wouldn't call me for an interview.

Makgosi Letimile

Immediately when I come through to the interview, you can see it on people's faces.

Makgosi Letimile

In almost every interview that I've been to, I've never seen a person with a visible disability.

Makgosi Letimile

Listen to the conversation on The John Maytham Show:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'Not what we're looking for' - the struggle of being young, gifted & disabled


24 January 2019 5:42 PM
Tags:
Disability
Wheelchair
interview
Job

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