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Sign Language Interpreter at Mandela Memorial Was a Fake, Deaf Groups Outraged

The memorial for Nelson Mandela was broadcast all over the world. Leaders from many countries attended. So it was a big shock to find out that the deaf interpreter who was on stage for hours was an imposter who knows nothing of sign language at all. Bruno Druchen of the Deaf Foundation of South Africa said there is no sign language for Afrikaans, Zulu or for other individual languages. Instead they use one language called African Sign Language. And, whatever this guy was doing, it was not a recognized sign language. The faker "translated" the words of many dignitaries, including President Barack Obama.

NBC News reports on the fury in the deaf community at being excluded from this worldwide event. David Buxton, the chief executive of the British Deaf Association, told NBC that the interpreter is a "total fake." Bruxton says, "He has no real clue about sign language and has obviously upset the deaf community of South Africa as we have received hundreds of angry messages via Facebook and Twitter." Braxton's wife is from South Africa and they were absolutely shocked when they saw fake signing as they watched the memorial. Buxton has asked that the South African government "name and shame that gentleman." We don't think that's going to happen. Apparently this guy has been signing for big government events for awhile, including for a speech given by South African President Jacob Zuma last year at a big military event. Take a look:



Posted on December 11, 2013













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