People with albinism have the same rights as everyone else. In celebration of Africa Month, the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities has partnered with the Albinism Society of South Africa and traditional healer organisations.
Together they want to raise awareness about discrimination against albinos.
At the launch of the campaign at Freedom Park in Tshwane on Tuesday, healers prayed to the spirits of those who played a part in liberating South Africa.
Commission chairwoman Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva said discrimination against people with albinism was South Africa’s second struggle.
“There is a lot of noise in South Africa about rhino horns but not a lot about albinos being hunted and killed.
“Traditional leaders are here today to prove they don’t support the hunting of albinos.”
Nomasonto Mazibuko, chairwoman of the Albinism Society of SA, spoke about the challenges people with albinism face.
“What is sad is that albinos start being discriminated against at birth by midwives. When they start school the teachers also don’t want to teach them,” she said.