Mandela Signer ‘Moving His Hands … but There Was no Meaning’
JOHANNESBURG December 11, 2013 (AP)
By ALAN CLENDENNING and RAY FAURE Associated Press
A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a “fake,” the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday.
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,” Bruno Druchen, the federation’s national director, told The Associated Press.
The scandal over the interpreter is another indication of bad organization of the historic memorial service at a huge soccer stadium. Other difficulties included faulty public transport which hindered mourners from getting to the event and a faulty audio system that prevented many of the tens of thousands present from hearing the leaders’ speeches.