The disabled demand progressive change in the workplace

Pretoria - Government is calling for a radical change in disability employment. The Department of Social Development says while many companies have the required quota for employing the disabled, their working conditions still leave much to be desired. Video: eNCA

PRETORIA - Government is calling for a radical change in disability employment.

The Department of Social Development says while many companies have the required quota for employing the disabled, their working conditions still leave much to be desired.

But the Disabled People of SA has accused government of not leading by example.

37-year-old Mdu Nhlebele had his left leg amputated six years ago. The freelance photographer relies on public transport to get around to various shoots.

"If you don't have accessibility into the building normally I will get people to help me up... I try to avoid that situation if you can't access the building I normally don't go," said Nhlebele.

Nhlebele claims he has been discriminated against because of his disability which eventually cost him his job.

 "My sitting was affecting my pressure sores, so I exhausted leave days and my employer couldn't accommodate that, I ended up being without employment because of my disabilities so my disability wasn't accommodated at all."

This month marks the start of National Disability Rights awareness month and government wants to crack the whip on companies who don’t comply.

Government has reached 1.6 percent of its required 4 percent disability employment quota while the private sector is ahead with over 2 percent employment rate. 

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