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Mandela memorial: Sign language interpreter branded a ‘fake’ by deaf community in South Africa


The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s
memorial has been called a “fake” by the deaf community there. They say he “made up his
own signs” and was “merely flapping his arms around”. During Obama’s speech, experts say
he looked as if he was “trying to swat a flies away from his face”. The Deaf Federation of South Africa say its “a
real embarrassment, complete disrespect for the deaf community and for what Nelson Mandela
stood for and the support which he gave the deaf community.” Professional interpretors says they don’t
know who the man is and organisations that accredit interpreters don’t recognise him
either. The government communications office have not yet made an official comment.

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