Sign could soon become South Africa's official language

Sign language could soon become South Africa’s 12th official language.

Activists say that recognizing the language will enable deaf people to enjoy all constitutional rights. The deaf community had been campaigning for the recognition of South African Sign Language, SASL, for several years. A Talk Sign Campaign was launched in 2014, which said that deaf people would have no access to their rights unless SASL became available as an official language.

Activists hope that the move will encourage the hearing community to learn SASL to communicate with the deaf and hard of hearing.

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