Copac Shuts Out Disabled Members

Watson Khuphe, the deputy chairman of the National Disability Board, said the constitutional process had already got off to a false start by closing the door on the disabled.

“This is the beginning of a process of legalising discrimination in this country because how do you explain when people knew that we will be gathering and they choose to gather upstairs were its inaccessible to people like myself,” lamented Khuphe.

Khuphe said the steering committee could have opted for the ground floor to accommodate even the disabled.

“We had hope in this constitution but when things are done this way you really wonder whether we are serious at all,”said Khuphe.

The disabled had for years advocated for equal opportunities with the able-bodied but Khuphe said their cries had fallen on deaf ears.

Transport and accommodation had been the major headache for COPAC with team members being shuttled between hotels and lodges.

In some instances members have been deployed to places where they had no clue of the local languages.