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Disability is one of the seven focus areas identified by the South African Human Rights Commission within its mandate to promote, protect, and monitor the realisation of Human Rights in South Africa.  

People with disabilities currently account for 5.1% of the population aged 5 years and older in South Africa.  People with disabilities continue to lack access to adequate health and basic education, and are at risk of economic isolation with no prospect of securing employment. The sector is also particularly vulnerable to the compounded effects of discrimination and abuse.

The complaints received by the Commission highlight systemic challenges relating to the achievement of equality, particularly in relation to disability.


  • Disability Rights Summit March 2016 aimed at strengthening consensus on an accelerated programme of action to implement the WPRPD. The Commission presented on the role of Chapter 9’s in monitoring the implementation of the CRPD.
  • Provincial visits to Mpumalanga in March 2016 and the Western Cape in July 2016.


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The Human Rights Commission is the national institution established to support constitutional democracy. It is committed to promote respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.

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