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December 11, 2013

Sounds like an accurate translation to me.

Mandela ceremony interpreter called a 'fake' A man who appeared to provide sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service
was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Wednesday. The unidentified man seen around the world on television next to leaders including United States President Barack Obama "was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for."

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 11, 2013 9:25 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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The man speaking is speaking nonsense.

Posted by: Potsie at December 11, 2013 9:36 AM

The deaf leading the blind. Or so they hope.

Posted by: Jewel at December 11, 2013 10:08 AM

This race, no matter where you find them, is just so bizarre and when I heard of this silliness I immediately thought of that old song…."Hand Jive". A completely fitting tribute to Nellie Mandelli.

….and 'den dey is po' old Neah'son, laying n'ere all dead and stuff, and a brutha stand'n up, waving his hand all aroun' and stuff like he be talkin' wif de def peepus and stuff.

Posted by: Jack at December 11, 2013 10:33 AM

Do we know who hired the interpreter? And is all hand signing the same for all languages? Could it be for some other language?

Posted by: Sam L. at December 11, 2013 11:08 AM

It's unintentionally emblematic.

Posted by: ahem at December 11, 2013 11:13 AM

I hate those things. I have always suspected they were a fraud.

Posted by: Fat Man at December 11, 2013 2:38 PM

Over at Rantburg, one of the commenters suggests Bad Sign Language Man is security. The snug jacket suggests body armor, and he appears to be looking around more than concentrating on the speaker. "I'd call 'sign man' a bullet stopper with a bad cover story. "

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