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Zuma explains why disability portfolio was moved

President Jacob Zuma said the portfolio wouldn’t have been effective had it remained under the presidency.

President Jacob Zuma delivering opening remarks at the official opening of the National Disability Rights Summit and the inaugural Presidential Working Group on Disability meeting at St Georges Hotel in Irene, Pretoria. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma said the removal of the disability portfolio from the presidency was done with the best interests of disabled people in mind.

In 2014, the portfolio was moved to the Social Development Department after having been part of the Women's Ministry in the presidency.

While some people are still unhappy about the move, the president said it has ensured better care of those in the disabled community.

While president Zuma delivered his opening remarks at the Disability Rights week at the St George Hotel in Centurion, outside the venue a group of people demanded answers about the movement of the disability portfolio.

He said the portfolio wouldn't have been as effective had it remained within the presidency.

"The presidency is in the main supervising government. The departments implement, that's the difference."

Yesterday, the White Paper on persons with disability was officially adopted at the first day of the summit.