The police have launched a campaign in Manguzi, in far northern KwaZulu-Natal, to protect people with albinism.
The area has the highest incidence of albinism in the province and is a hotspot of attacks on people living with the genetic condition.
Police officers, parents and children with albinism joined a march from the town to the Tembe Tribal Court as part of the campaign launch.
Divisional Commissioner of Visible Policing General Nobesuthu Masiye says the killing of people with albinism has been made a priority crime.
“We have further engaged with tribal authority Inkosi. We were doing door-to-door campaign in Manguzi to ensure that our communities are educated in terms of how the crime is committed and to stop anything that they suspect, where the suspects utilise our kids or believing that they can make umuthi. To enforce and to emphasise this issue of stopping crime against people with albinism, we are engaging with community members and educating them, as well as giving them light on how to ensure our people are protected at all times.”