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Minister: Susan Shabangu
Deputy Minister: Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu
Deputy Minister
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DEPUTY MINISTER BOGOPANE-ZULU TO HIGHLIGHT THE PLIGHT OF PERSONS WITH ALBINISM IN WITBANK Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
The Deputy Minister of Social Development, Mrs Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, will on Thursday, 22 March, highlight the plight of persons with albinism by visiting and rendering support to the Shabangu family in Witbank, Mpumalanga Province.

Two children from the Shabangu family, both of whom lived with albinism, were kidnapped and their bodies were later found decapitated.

Albinism is a hereditary condition that results in a lack of skin, hair and eye pigmentation. This inherited condition is characterised by a lack of the melanin pigment which results in pale skin, light hair, pale eyes and impaired vision.

The killing of persons with albinism is further perpetuated by deeply-rooted cultural myths such as that their body parts bring luck, fortune, wealth and prosperity. Over the last decade, about 200 killings, and more than 500 attacks on people with albinism, have been reported in 27 sub-Saharan African countries.

In her recent visit to the family of the late Xolani Mkhize on Monday 19 March, the Deputy Minister committed herself to raising awareness against ritual killings, abuse and trafficking of persons with albinism. She also called for communities to play their part of ensuring that people with albinism are always protected.

The visits form part of the commemoration of Human Rights Month which is observed on 21 March annually.

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the Deputy Minister’s visit arranged as follows:

PROGRAMME – VISIT TO WITBANK POLICE STATION

Date: Thursday, 22 March, 2018

Venue: Witbank Police Station – Mpumalanga Province

Time: 13h00

PROGRAMME – VISIT TO SHABANGU FAMILY

Date: Thursday, 22 March, 2018

Venue: Shabangu Family in Witbank - Mpumalanga Province

Time: 14h00

Media RSVPs may be forwarded to Mr Jaconia Kobue on 063 249 5120 / This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Mr Justice Malapane on 079 4977 426 / This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

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Media Enquiries may be directed to Ms Lumka Oliphant on 083 484 8067 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it