Public and Private Sectors’ Compliance with the Provisions of the Disabled Persons Act of 1996 in Zimbabwe

Emmanuel Munemo, Tom Tom

Abstract


The main thrust of this study was to determine the extent to which the public and private sectors in Zimbabwe complied with the provisions of the Disabled Persons Act (1996). Legislation plays a pivotal role in ensuring adherence to set standards and requirements. The study used the case study design. Purposive sampling, simple random sampling and stratified random sampling were used in this study. The study established that both the private and public sectors were hardly complying with the provisions of the Act. Central government was in violation of its own laws. Most people with disabilities were not employed. It was also found out that wheelchairs cannot fit into commuter omnibuses and roads were not user friendly. The absence of the office of the Director of Disability Affairs was contributing to the lack of progress in complying with the law. The study recommended that people with disabilities needed strong advocacy groups. Employers also needed to seek information on what people with disabilities can or cannot do at work places. The study also recommended that central government considers tax concessions for employers who engage people with disabilities. People with disabilities could also consider suing the government for failing to comply with its own statutes.


Keywords


disabled persons, compliance, provisions, private and public sectors

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