The victimisation and abuse of people living with albinism continue to make headlines on news bulletins, signalling an urgent need for the community and law enforcement agencies to act swiftly in uprooting this heinous trend.
Dintjie SAPS partnered with Remmogo VEP (Victim Empowerment Programme) to re-enforce a campaign on the rights and safety of people living with albinism, on 27th November, at the Dintjie SAPS garden in Leroro. The event was in line with the annual 16 Days of activism against women and child abuse, which is a national initiative.
Community members came out to support the campaign alongside guests from government departments and other community-based organisations.
The spokesperson at Dintjie SAPS, Sergeant Kenneth Malele, said that the event emphasised the importance of living in loving and caring societies.
“The event was supported by different people from the government such as the Department of Health, the manager at Attooh company-Mr Chris Fischer, his wife and his team, Mrs Mpumalanga finalist- Kgaugelo Ntini. Mrs Doris Nkosi (Mpumalanga Deputy Chairperson of Women’s Network) said that children must grow up knowing that women are to be loved and respected. Mr Jupiter Malomane (CPF Chairperson and provincial board member) also said that it is our responsibility to embrace and protect people living with albinism as a nation,” said Sergeant Malele.
He mentioned that one hundred blankets were distributed amongst the elderly people in attendance, while skin protection products, straw hats and caps were given to people living with albinism.