Mohale’s Hoek – The Minister of Social Development, Mrs. Matebatso Doti on Thursday presented wheelchairs and groceries to people with disability (PWD) of Mohale’s Hoek.
The wheelchairs were handed over at a public gathering held in the Siloe Community Council to two people – one from Taung and another from Kubake.
Six people from Taung received groceries that comprised maize meal, cooking oil, soup, beans, peas, salt, washing powder, and shoe polish.
A wheelchair recipient from Kubake, Mr. Teboho Liname, 60, thanked the minister for the gift.
He said he became disabled after a stroke three years ago.
A grateful Mr. Liname, who stays with his child who is also disabled and uses a wheelchair, thanked the Minister, adding that his unemployed daughter provides for the two of them.
Speaking at the gathering, Inspector Morongoe Makaliana from the Child and Gender Protection Unit (CGPU) said her office provides protection for people with disabilities, children, and the elderly. She said they are the most vulnerable people within communities.
She spoke out against people who refuse to give evidence especially when children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities have been abused.
“It is imperative for the public to provide evidence for protection of the rights of vulnerable groups in society, Inspector Makaliana said.
She said though the deaf and dump find it difficult to communicate with other villagers, they should not be discouraged to seek help when their rights have been violated.
On the other hand, Mrs. Bernice Manamolela from the Department of Social Development in the district expressed concern about relatives and guardians to orphans who do not provide proper information to their offices when seeking assistance on behalf of such vulnerable children.
She said guardians should not slacken when it comes to seeking services, through the Social Development Department, for vulnerable children, citing cases such as applying for their birth certificates and bursaries to mention a few.
Mrs. Manamolela said the bursary applications they received, so far, for children going to secondary school are worryingly low – 479 throughout the district. And of the479 applications, only 284 had complete documents while the rest had some invalid documents.
She attributed this tendency to complacency, saying guardians should not do things on the last minute.
This was the first gathering by the Minister in the Taung constituency since her appointment. Lena