Deaf raise their voice

2016-09-07 06:00
EMILY MATABANE of the Deaf Federation of South Africa (DeafSA) presented a memorandum to Jonas Ramokhoase of the Free State Legislature. From the left are Matabane, Ramokhoase and Mokati Moledi, in a wheelchair, from Disabled People South Africa.                  Photo: Teboho Setena

EMILY MATABANE of the Deaf Federation of South Africa (DeafSA) presented a memorandum to Jonas Ramokhoase of the Free State Legislature. From the left are Matabane, Ramokhoase and Mokati Moledi, in a wheelchair, from Disabled People South Africa. Photo: Teboho Setena

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DEAF people have broken their silence about the disregard of Sign Language and are demanding its inclusion in the Constitution of South Africa.

In numbers they have raised their voice through their organisation, Deaf Federation of South Africa (DeafSA).

Pursuant to their demand of Sign Language’s inclusion in the Constitution, they took to the streets of Bloemfontein on Friday (02/09).

They presented a memorandum of their demand for the recognition of Sign Language as the 12th official language to the Free State government representatives.

Jonas Ramokhoase, chairperson of chairs of the Free State Legislature, received the memorandum on behalf of the provincial government.

On acknowledging receipt of the memorandum, he said he would present it to the relevant authorities, expecting response in a month’s time.

DeafSA demands an amendment of the language clause in the Constitution with South African Sign Language (SASL) added as an official language.

To speed up the process for recognition of Sign Language, the body has further demanded placement of SASL and the removal of the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) which promotes multilingualism in South Africa.

According to Emily Matabane, chairperson of DeafSA, SASL is regarded as a method of communication in the eye of the public.

“It is a language, not simply a method of communication.

“It has all the properties of any natural language and has been shown to have structural and functional similarities to those proposed for all other languages.

“There is nothing that can be done in speech that can not be done in SASL.

“There is a vast literature on this subject,” said Matabane.

In the memo DeafSA pointed out that the present status of SASL as “language to be developed” is not enough to protect deaf people’s rights to dignity and equality to receive information and the use of Sign Language.

The body further demands the employment of Sign Language interpreters across the country.

DeafSA said currently they have 15 subsidised SASL interpreter positions in South Africa.

These interpreters work full-time in the community to assist deaf people who cannot afford their services.

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