African Disability Rights Yearbook Volume 2 2014
Edited by Charles Ngwena, Ilze Grobbelaar‐du Plessis, Helene Combrinck and Serges Djoyou Kamga
ISSN: 2311-8970
Pages: 327
Print version: Available
Electronic version: Free PDF available


About the publication

The 2014 issue of the African Disability Rights Yearbook addresses disability rights within the foundational structure laid down by the inaugural issue. The structure comprises a tripartite division between: articles; country reports; and shorter commentaries on recent regional and sub-regional developments.

The African Disability Rights Yearbook aims to advance disability scholarship. Coming in the wake of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, it is the first peer-reviewed journal to focus exclusively on disability as human rights on the African continent. It provides an annual forum for scholarly analysis on issues pertaining to the human rights of persons with disabilities.

It is also a source for country-based reports as well as commentaries on recent developments in the field of disability rights in the African region.

The African Disability Rights Yearbook publishes peer-reviewed contributions dealing with the rights of persons with disabilities and related topics, with specific relevance to Africa, Africans and scholars of Africa.

The Yearbook appears annually under the aegis of the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.

The Yearbook is an open access online publication, see

About the editors:

Charles Ngwena is Professor, Department of Constitutional Law and Legal Philosophy, Faculty of Law, University of the Free State, South Africa.
Ilze Grobbelaar‐du Plessis is a senior lecturer and holds the degrees BIuris LLB LLM LLD from the University of Pretoria.
Helene Combrinck is Associate Professor at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, University of the Western Cape.
Serges Djoyou Kamgais is Senior Lecturer at TMALI (UNISA).

Table of Contents



  • The right to inclusive education in Botswana: Present challenges and future prospects
    Obonye Jonas
  • The Basic Education Act of 2013: Why it is one step forward and two steps back for children with disabilities in Kenya
    William Aseka and Arlene S Kanter
  • Too little, too late? The CRPD as a standard to evaluate South African legislation and policies for early childhood development
    Sue Philpott
  • Everybody counts: The right to vote of persons with psychosocial disabilities in South Africa
    Heléne Combrinck
  • Termination of pregnancy of persons with mental disabilities on medical advice: A case study of South Africa
    Ashwanee Budoo and Rajendra Parsad Gunputh
  • Economic discourses of disability in Africa: An overview of lay and legislative narratives
    Shimelis Tsegaye Tesemma


  • Botswana
    Thuto Hlalele, Romola Adeola, Adebayo Okeowo, Daba Bacha Muleta and Lucius Batty Njiti
  • Egypt
    Lila Meadows, Nadia Adib Bamieh and Janet E Lord
  • Kenya
    Elizabeth Kamundia
  • Malawi
    Enoch MacDonnell Chilemba
  • Mauritius
    Ashwanee Budoo and Roopanand Amar Mahadew
  • Uganda
    Louis O Oyaro
  • Zambia
    Natasha Banda and Likando Kalaluka
  • Zimbabwe
    Esau Mandipa and Gift Manyatera


  • Developments regarding disability rights during 2013: The African Charter and African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
    Heléne Combrinck and Lawrence M Mute
  • Baby steps: Developments at the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (2013-2014)
    Lorenzo Wakefield
  • Disability rights in the sub-regional economic communities during 2013
    Lucyline Nkatha Murungi



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