‘Albinos need support’
THE city of Matlosana on Tuesday set aside time to reflect on albinism and highlight the rights accessible to people living with the condition.
The event, held at the mayoral hall, was attended by people with albinism, human rights activists, police, councillors and members of the public.
Member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for transversal issues, Irene Matetoane, said for long, people with albinism have faced discrimination, derogative comments and myths.
Matetoane said people with albinism need to be supported and that they should also stand up to claim their rightful position in society.
Dr Diakanyo Montwedi said albinism does not make people living with the condition any different.
“They only have less pigmentation that affects the colour of their skin, eyes and hair. As a result they have low eyesight and sensitive skin. Albinism can be found in all races. A person living with albinism has inherited the genetic disorder from their parents,” Montwedi said.
“They can live normal lives when they protect their sensitive skins by wearing long sleeves and long pants, sunscreen, sunglasses and hats. Their skin is prone to cancer, so they need to be well taken care of.”
Albinism Society of South Africa’s Kgosi Segopodi said that she was a product of Matlosana municipality.
A professional nurse, Segopodi said she got her qualification because she obtained a bursary from Matlosana municipality eight years ago.
“I want to encourage people with albinism to follow their dreams and be ambitious as any other person because they have potential. They should also form support groups to encourage one another,” she said.
Once organised, Segopodi said it was easy for funders to come on board and support them.