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PROMISE Lebereko from the Elethu Cheshire Home for the Disabled in Daveyton, Ekhurhuleni, has appealed to South Africans to understand the plight of people with disabilites.
We met Lebereka at a gathering addressed by the Gauteng health and social development MEC Qedani Mahlangu in Westbury yesterday.
Lebereko said she was locked up by her caretakers before her transfer to Elethu.
"When I was locked up it hurt me," Lebereko said.
Jane Maleka, who runs the Elethu home, said disabled women and men are often abused by their families.
"I don't know if I can blame it on poverty but families just don't take care of disabled people. They use their money and leave them without assistance," Maleka said.
The MEC addressed the disabled people as an initiative of the 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.
Mahlangu said: "Do not turn a blind eye to domestic violence or rape. If you know that your neighbour is being abused, encourage her to report it to the police."
Alison Wainwright from the department of community safety gave the audience safety tips on how best to get out of an abusive relationships.
She said it is important to leave important documents such as ID books and children's clinic cards with a friend or family member for safekeeping.
According to Wainwright most perpetrators will try to destroy these documents to prevent victims from leaving.