News: VIDEO: Sign language interpreter at Mandela funeral was apparently faking it

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Published by: Dan Calabrese on Wednesday December 11th, 2013

Dan Calabrese


What is going on here? First it's selfies and an indignant First Lady. Now the sign language guy is a fraud who's faking his way through the whole thing?


More from Australia's SBS news service:

Braam Jordaan, a deaf South African citizen and board member of the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section (WFD), told SBS he believes the interpreter is a fake.

"The structure of his hand, facial expressions and the body movements did not follow what the speaker was saying," he told SBS via email.

Mr Jordaan says the interpreter, who was signing for a portion of the ceremony including Obama's speech, was simply making up his own signs.

"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 says. "He made up his own signs."

I can't wait to find out who this guy is or how he got up on stage (and why), but I have to admit there's a certain awesome quality about this. Very much in the spirit of . . . Enrico Pellazzo!

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