Meet The Man That Fooled The World At Mandela’s Memorial

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Sameera Ehteram
It is being reported that the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service was fake.

The Fake Interpreter

It is being reported that the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service was fake.

The news sparked outrage among the hearing-impaired, who claim that the interpreter who stood next to the podium and interpreted the dignitaries, including heads of states, religious leaders and other celebrated figures was a phony.

Now this is the sort of story that will send all the Obama selfies and Michelle Obama’s reactions out of the window. It is sad that this man was given a role at the memorial service of a global icon.

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The question is; why would an unqualified person be appointed as an interpreter for an event of such magnitude?

Board member of the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section Braam Jordaan told Special Broadcasting Services (SBS) he believed the interpreter is a fake.

"I was really upset and humiliated by the mystery interpreter who was supposed to be signing what Barack Obama, the president of United States of America, was saying," he told SBS."He made up his own signs."

Here’s the video of the guy in action:

It is amazing to see him so confidently making up the signs as the various dignitaries talked.

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What is more interesting is that the African paper Mail & Guardian reportsthat the same interpreter was also present at an African National Congress Conference last year. Here is a video of him interpreting Shoot the Boer, sung by party president Jacob Zuma:

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