Minister Nathi Mthethwa to commemorate International Albinism Day at Hlalakanihle in Witbank, Mpumalanga

Members are the press are invited to witness the commemoration of International Albinism Day, taking place this Wednesday at Hlalanikahle in Witbank. This year’s commemoration is taking place under the theme: “Shining Our Light To The World”

This crucial global occasion with be commemorated in South Africa this year.

We cannot propagate and perpetuate self-hate when we hunt some amongst us. We kill them. We dismember them. We dig up their bodies from their graves. They are hunted in life and in death. We have started to fight this unforgivable intolerance. Our treatment of those living with Albinism is beyond intolerance, it is the height of inhumanity. We need to fight discrimination against people with albinism with the same vigour that we fought apartheid.” – Hon Minister Nathi Mthethwa

Minister Mthethwa made this statement at the launch of the Department of Arts and Culture’s #AlbinismActivismCampaign on the 4th of May 2018. It was at this launch that the gifted South African music outfit comprising youth living with albinism sang the heart wrenching song:

“Nothing in their bodies is a lucky charm. Nothing in their bodies will heal any sickness. Siyabuza: Senzeni na? Thina siyabuza: What have we done?” – Bob And the Binoes “Senzeni Na?”

On November 18, 2014, the United Nations’ General Assembly adopted a resolution establishing June 13th as International Albinism Awareness Day. This historic resolution confirmed the global focus on albinism advocacy.

The International Albinism Day Commemoration will take place as follows:

DATE:        Wednesday 13 June 2018

VENUE:     Hlakanikahle, Witbank, Mpumalanga

TIMES:       08h30: “Remembrance & Hope” Tree planting at J. Khananda Primary school and Leonard Ntshuntshe Secondary School. Walk from the school to the Hlalanikahle Community Hall

10h30: Official programme commences.

For further information, and interview requests please contact: Asanda Magaqa, Spokesperson for the Minister of Arts and Culture – 072 372 6807 and asandam@dac.gov.za

 

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