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Deaf Signer At Mandela Memorial Was A Fake

From Sky News:

Mandela Memorial: Deaf Signer Was ‘Fake’

11 December 2013

South Africa’s deaf federation has confirmed that an interpreter using sign language during the Mandela memorial was a "fake". Concerns over the male interpreter had been raised by deaf people watching the service at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium on Tuesday.

Bruno Druchen, national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa, said the unidentified man who was on stage alongside world leaders including US President Barack Obama, "was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for".

South African parliament member Wilma Newhoudt, a member of the ruling party, also said the man communicated nothing with his hand and arm movement.

Well, at least in the case of Obama, he seems to have been accurate. ‘Fake, but accurate.’

Both Mr Druchen and Ms Newhoudt are deaf. 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.

Nicole Du Toit, an official sign language interpreter who also watched the broadcast, said the man on stage was an "embarrassment".

Are they still talking about the sign language guy? Many of the people on the stage were an embarrassment. Not the least being Raul Castro.

She said: "It was horrible, an absolute circus, really really bad. Only he can understand those gestures."

Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter with DeafSA, said authorities were trying to track the man down.

She said: "There was zero percent accuracy. He couldn’t even get the basics right. He couldn’t even say thank you.

"You’re supposed to indicate with your facial expressions, even if it’s not an exact sign. He didn’t indicate that (booing of Jacob Zuma) at all. It just passed him by.

Maybe he was from the local news media. Ours never hears when Obama is booed, either.

"Nobody knows who he is. Even at this hour we still don’t have his name."

Or he would have already been hired by the American news media.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Deaf Signer At Mandela Memorial Was A Fake”

  1. Waving your hands around to no effect or meaning couldn’t be more emblematic, eh?

  2. JohnMG

    Did he, at any time while ‘signing’, use either of the middle fingers of either hand?

    I mean, if 0bama had a son………

  3. Petronius

    In an age where the role of government is to make everybody happy, this certainly fits the bill.

    It’s karma actually.

    A fake signer for an assembly of fakers who are paying their fake respects to the fake founder of a fake country.

    The perfect denouement to the Liberal revolt against civilization.

  4. captstubby

    wonder how many of the 25 big shots from around the world secret service people are getting a A@*Chewing today.
    “we asked him if he was part of the service and i think he signed yes.”

  5. Astravogel

    But, but, but, where were those horns? You know,
    the ones from the sports fields? They’d have been appropriate.

  6. canary

    The guy to Obama’s right is giving the facial part of the “bad dog” sign for the deaf. He just needs to wipe his fingers from his mouth like he’s spitting out something from his mouth then tap his hip with half a snap sign with his fingers. Great to teach your dogs not to bite.

    It’s difficult to find deaf interpreters in Africa due to apartheid from religious beliefs that the deaf are a curse and idols must be appeased. They try voo doo, feeding the deaf child human remains from someone who could hear, just as they try and cure aids sacrificing virgins for food.

    I hope they find this guy. Maybe he was in on a plan that went wrong.




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