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Sight no barrier to rights: Constitution now available in braille

MISA-Swaziland Alert
24 May 2013 

Blind and visually impaired people can now read the constitution after a braille version of the national document was released last Tuesday, May 14 2013, according to reports in the Swazi Observer on Wednesday 15 May, 2013.

Thirty copies of the new brailed constitution were handed over to the association of visually impaired by the government at an event at Mbabane Library, in the capital of Swaziland.

President of the Federation of the Disabled (Fodswa), Mandla Methula, told MISA-Swaziland he was “happy with the development. We are now looking over the document to make sure everything is in there”.

Methula said Fodswa, an umbrella body assisting four NGOs that help people with disabilities, would like to see more copies translated into braille. He said the association of the visually impaired has 300 members and would therefore require more copies of the new document.

However, Methula noted that this is a good start and will begin to help visually impaired people to enforce and protect their human rights, which are enshrined in the Constitution.

Director of social welfare in the deputy prime minister’s offie, Moses Dlamini, said the brailed constitution was a “commendable initiative that would go a long way in uplifting the lives of people with disabilities, especially those with visual impairments,” said the Observer report.

The Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland (MISA-Swaziland) is encouraged by the development and calls on further efforts to ensure all Swazis understand the Constitution.

The project to translate the constitution into braille was funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).   

Click here to see a copy of Swaziland’s Constitution.

For comments or queries please contact:
Vuyisile Hlatshwayo

MISA-Swaziland National Director
Email: misa.nd@realnet.co.sz

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