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Sibongile Mashaba

Sibongile Mashaba

The message is clear. "In God's eyes we are all the same.''

That was the message to the congregation at a special service at the Seventh Day Adventist Church's ministry for people with disabilities in Orlando West, Soweto.

More than 200 disabled people attended the service.

Guests included pupils from the Sizwe School for the Deaf in Dobsonville, which the church adopted two weeks ago, and the Sizanani School for the Disabled in Doornkop.

Sizanani caters for 100 disabled children and adults. It was founded by Sydney Ngwenya, who is physically disabled, in 1996.

Ngaka Tsagae, a committee member of the ministry, said the main purpose of the event was to highlight the plight of the disabled community.

"We need to show these people love all the time," Tsagae said. "The love and respect we show them at church needs to spread to our homes and communities.

"So there is much to be done. Most of our public places, for example, are unfriendly to the disabled and we need to stand up for their rights."


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