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Man without hand mocked at licencing dept

Tshwane Municipality says an investigation into the incident has begun.

A disabled motorist has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission after being humiliated by staff at the Waltloo Testing Station in Pretoria. Picture:EWN.

PRETORIA - A physically challenged motorist has lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission after allegedly being ridiculed and humiliated by staff at the Waltloo Testing Station in Pretoria. 

Dane Wilson who was born without his left hand tried to renew his driving license a week ago, but said he left the facility after being mocked by an official. 

He said a rude female testing station employee said he needed medical certificates to prove he could drive. 

Wilson said he felt embarrassed and asked the woman if they could speak somewhere private like in a cubicle, but the humiliation didn't stop. 

“She then decided to take her left arm and bend her hand to her shoulder and wiggled it around mockingly to ask how I change gears with no left hand."

Wilson said he obtained his driving license without restriction and has renewed it three times in the 12 years he has been driving. 

“I lead a perfectly able lifestyle and I don’t have prosthetics to aid my living because I have adapted since birth.”

The Tshwane Municipality’s Selby Bokaba has apologised and said an investigation into the incident has begun.

He said Wilson will be updated on the progress.

Bokaba added that the head of the facility will invite Wilson for a cup of coffee to discuss the incident. 

(Edited by Gia Kaplan)

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