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Disabled black children experience 'double apartheid' - NGO

NGO Section 27 released a report documenting alleged violations of the rights of children in KZN.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - NGO Section 27 has urged government to intensify the roll-out of infrastructure to accommodate children with disabilities in schools.

The organisation has released a report documenting alleged violations of the rights of children with disabilities in KwaZulu-Natal's uMkhanyakude district.

The report dubbed 'Too Many Children Left in the Dark: Exclusion in the South African Inclusive Education System,' found that black disabled children in rural communities lack access to proper schooling.

Section 27 legal researcher Silomo Khumalo says these youngsters experience a double apartheid.

"Children in rural communities face what we call a 'double apartheid'. They are disadvantaged by being black, living in rural communities and because of their disabilities."

Khumalo says teachers should also be adequately trained to educate learners with disabilities.

Proper infrastructure development is also cited as a point of concern.