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Government congratulates South Africa’s first deaf Law graduate

15 April 2019

15 April 2019

Government sends warm congratulations to Eastern Cape-born Qobo Ningiza who will be South Africa’s first deaf law graduate when he graduates with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree at the University of Cape Town today.

“Ningiza is an inspiration to many of us and serves as proof that if as individuals we focus on our abilities instead of focusing on the obstacles, we can achieve anything in life.

Ningiza had to overcome many hurdles in his endeavour to register for a law degree including navigating a study path that relies heavily on verbal teaching and interactions”, said Acting Director General of GCIS, Phumla Williams.

Government calls on all sectors to join the disability sector of South Africa on a journey towards the full empowerment of people with disabilities. Cabinet identified the Presidential Working Group on Disability as one of the fora that are critical to advancing a transformative agenda in a collaborative and inclusive manner.

The rights of persons with disabilities include implementation of policies and strategies for, among other things, the hiring of persons with disabilities, appropriate training and skills development programmes and ensuring easy access into workplaces and other buildings. The whole of society must contribute towards the realisation of the rights of persons with disabilities.

Phumla Williams
Cell: 083 501 0139

Issued by Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)





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