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‘It’s about time’ says Disability and Elderly Political Party

9 Feb 2021

Members of the Disability and Elderly Political Party (DOPP) during their outreach programme held at Empumelelweni on Thursday, January 28

By Solly Maseko

They want to see a change in education (schools), housing, employment opportunities in government and the private sector.

The Disability and Elderly Political Party (DOPP) was on an outreach programme at ward 29 in eMalahleni recently.

‘It’s about time’ reads the slogan of the Disability and Elderly Political Party. During its outreach programme held on Thursday, January 28 the party officials explained that they are a monitoring party. Mr Mandla Mahlangu said they are represented in all the nine provinces of the country.

The party says in its mission statement that it is a social movement of political watchdogs representing all disabled and elderly persons in parliament.

“Let’s stand together to better fight for equality and opportunities for a better country. Nothing about us without us, it’s about time,” reads the mission of the party.

The movement has provincial coordinators and field workers in the municipalities. They held discussions like any other organisation. It was also mentioned that the movement is not limited to disabled and elderly people only, but is open to anyone willing to join the party.

“We are not being taken seriously by our government, and they have no programmes set for us, they only invite us for the big occasion and after that, we have to see for ourselves. They only remember about us only in December during the disability month. Now we have seen that we need to stand together and face life challenges together and formed the party. We are going to mobilise people, and we will have representatives and no government decision will be taken without us. We will have representation in local forums, districts and provinces. Furthermore, we also want to change the stigma associated with disabled people.”

The officials say that they want to see a change in education (schools), housing, employment opportunities in government and the private sector.

Source: Witbank News

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