Zuma calls for end to disability discrimination

The president says superstition & stereotyping of people with disabilities affects their rights.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has called for an end to superstition and stereotyping of people with disabilities, which he says stands in the way of upholding their rights.

Zuma is speaking at a disability rights summit hosted by the Social Development Department in Centurion.

The three-day summit will work on seeing the practical implementation of the white paper on the rights of persons with disabilities.

Zuma says the needs of people with disabilities should no longer be side-lined.

"We must do away with segregated facilities and development opportunities for persons with disabilities."

But he says society should change its attitude as government's implements its own efforts.

"We should remove stereotypes and superstition that have proven to be detrimental."

Later today, Zuma will attend the first official meeting by a newly established presidential working group on disability.