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    Sign language translator at Nelson Mandela's memorial was a FAKE

    • South Africa's deaf federation confirms his movements had 'no meaning'
    • Standing on stage during televised event at the FNB stadium
    • Some members of the deaf community took to Twitter to express outrage


    South Africa's deaf federation has confirmed that an interpreter using sign language during the Mandela memorial was a 'fake'.

    The man, who signed for a portion of the televised event at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium was simply making up his own signs, according to the Deaf Federation of South Africa.

    The unidentified man seen around the world on television next to leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama 'was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for,' said Bruno Druchen, the federation's national director.

    Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages.

    South African sign language covers all of the country's 11 official languages, according to the federation.

    South African parliament member Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, a member of the ruling party who is deaf and who is married to Druchen, also said the man communicated nothing with his hand and arm movements.

    Nicole Du Toit, an official sign language interpreter who also watched the broadcast, said in a telephone interview that the man on stage purporting to sign was an embarrassment.

    Read more: Sign language translator at Nelson Mandela's memorial was a FAKE | Mail Online
    You, sir, are a God among men....
    Short Men, who aren't terribly bright....
    More like dwarves with learning disabilities....
    You are a God among Dwarves With Learning Disabilities.

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    He might have been a Trekkie and it could have been Klingon sign language .

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    That is just too embarrassing for words.

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    I have never heard anything like this before,

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    He could have been wearing a huge pair of oven gloves and he would still be less fake than all those world leaders there.

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    ^A fake chef as well?...

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    Apparently he was seen next to Jospeh Zuma last year doing same thing, ANC is denying knowledge but it will come out you would think...

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    Should have hired Garrett Morris...

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    he suffers from schizophrenia.

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    some animated gifs showing the well fed fcuker and a real signer - seppo secret service people must be a bit livid

    Nelson Mandela memorial 'fake' sign language controversy: who's the man in the suit? - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy the kid View Post
    he suffers from schizophrenia.
    He *claims* he suffers from schizophrenia, which is not the same.

    Bit of a coincidence that these episodes only happen when people catch him out, eh?

    South African deaf groups say they have complained about the man's work before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy the kid
    he suffers from schizophrenia.
    So he's a 2 faced signer now?

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    yes - one hand does not know what the other is doing

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    I recon its funny as fuk.

    Incredible that some fuk up can get his dial shown around the world doing something that he knows nothing about.

    Bloody brilliant stuff.

    Well done that man.
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    On the other hand......(intended pun) He could have been a hitman and assassinated quite a few worthy targets. Quite the security lapse

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    seppo secret service people must be a bit livid
    Yes, just a bit

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    ^ To be fair, he would only have been able to get one speaker, before someone would have noticed.

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    You horrible lot of fukers, this poor victim had an episode, he was seeing angels. Show some compassion! This is the Lord's work.

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    Sounds like a episode from Seinfeld. I could just imagine George doing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    You horrible lot of fukers, this poor victim had an episode, he was seeing angels. Show some compassion! This is the Lord's work.
    More likely the work of the 'Lord's Tavern' in Saweto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil
    ^ To be fair, he would only have been able to get one speaker, before someone would have noticed.
    if you had a look at his rotundedness , I imagine that could well have all been c4 and not excess at the trough

    though maybe all that was required for some carnage on the stands was him to ingest "one little wafer"

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    Sums up South Africa nicely.

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    ^ Obama talkin about snakeeyes ??

    almost got it.

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    Yeah, real competence, huh?

    Mandela memorial security scandal: ‘There were no checks.’

    The country is in the very best of hands...

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