Being disabled in some African societies carries a special stigma and accompanying pity. What they go through can show you a whole other side to bullying for the ones that make it to school age – children are still abandoned everyday based on some birth defect. Schools for disabled kids while available are few, lack good teaching aids and funding. When it comes to the workplace, very few companies are keen to hire people with a disabilities, and getting disability checks is a hassle. Now add being gay and HIV positive and you begin to understand what life is like for John Meletse.
South Africa is probably one of the most forward countries in terms of rights and protection against discrimination for disabled citizens. However it doesn’t change in any way the fact that he is facing some mean challenges. The way he chooses to look on the bright side all the time is truly inspiring.