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Call for sign language to be 12th official language

Demonstrators marched on the National Assembly today to hand over a memorandum of grievances.

DeafSA leads ‘Solidarity in Sign Language’ march to the Legislature. Picture: Twitter/@eclegislature.

CAPE TOWN - Some members of the Deaf Community of Cape Town have petitioned Parliament to have sign language included as the twelfth official language.

A small group of demonstrators marched on the National Assembly today to hand over a memorandum of grievances.



They demanded sign language be given official status.

Speaking through an interpreter, Deaf Community of Cape Town's Faith Cronwright says it's disappointing that it's not adequately recognised in the South Africa.

"We've been struggling for years, now we want it to become an official language. We've always been blocked off, other countries have sign language as an official language but South Africa still hasn't recognised it as an official language."

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