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Mandela Funeral Sign-Language Translator a 'Fake'

Ok.... couldn't help but chuckle a little; sounds like South Africa is such a great place after Mandela took over. lol

JOHANNESBURG — The sign-language interpreter on stage at Nelson Mandela’s globally broadcast memorial service was a faker who was just waving his arms around meaninglessly, advocates for the deaf said 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,” Bruno Druchen, the federation’s national director, told The Associated Press.

The allegation was yet another example of bad organization at the historic memorial service Tuesday, which was marred by public transportation breakdowns that hindered mourners from getting to the soccer stadium venue. In addition a faulty audio system made the remarks of world leaders inaudible for many. Police also failed to search the first wave of crowds who rushed inside the stadium after authorities opened the gates just after dawn.
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whoever said Africa doesn't

whoever said Africa doesn't produce anything forgot about Hilariousness

InfoWars interviews S.A. Deaf Educater/Activist about this hoax

I'll share this video as soon as I find it posted on YouTube, but Paul Simmons said it was all TOTAL nonsense, AND it's not this guy's first time blowing it! He said he knows of at least four times this so-called interpreter has failed badly!

He said the deaf community in South Africa describe his actions at the Mandela event as, "Communication Apartheid", where one language is favored over another.

Seems like deaf folks were meant to be dissed here! There is simply no other explanation why this sham-signer was chosen!

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass


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In all seriousness...I

In all seriousness...I thought he did a great interpretation for Obama.

You Mean....

....Interpreting Obama's meaningless words with meaningless gestures? I think you nailed it.



I can't stop

I can't stop laughing!! How did he keep a straight face???

What he really said:


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I seriously thought this was a story from the Onion, the first time I heard it reported yesterday.

Wow, perhaps he was undercover security or something, like how the heck does THIS happen?

Sheesh, they should've just got Garrett Morris to do it...

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Say it ain't so/

Another imposter from Kenya.


Africa. So what's the rumpus?

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South Africa has declined to

South Africa has declined to a level of ineptitude that is hard to imagine. They cannot produce anything, the crime is so high that Archbishop Tutu's place was burglarized while the memorial was taking place and that is the second time in a couple of months. The previous time Tutu was asleep in the home when it was burglarized. Give me a break !!!

I've had no interest in watching this at all, ...until this

The deaf have a hard enough time learning what's really happening in the world of news around them. Reading lips and articles is not the same as most of us experience news gathering. That this is played as such a celebrated and historically pivotal event with NO real signer there to assist them "hearing it", tells us how little they care about passing this on to them, AND all the rest of us.

Perhaps the deaf had an advantage over the hearing, simply because they didn't have to hear or read some of the non-sequiters given to this terrorist/statesman sham, eh?

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

Someone from Reddit posted this about it::

"Here's my guess, as an educated South African:

The government probably put out a tender a while ago for sign translators and the brother/sister/aunt/whoever... of the powers that be put in a monstrously high tender and was granted the tender albeit with absolutely no capacity. This reality unfolds daily in SA and we call them "tenderpreneurs", people who specialize in winning tenders they don't deserve, who just employ others to do the job and take a fat slice of profit off the top.

But my guess is that, come Mandela's day, all signers were unfortunately busy so they had to make do. And yes, someone as ignorant as to think that would work is typical of a tenderpreneur

So, hahaha. Nice to see the realities of crumbling South Africa on the world stage because no-one ever believes how low we've gone :)"

I'm not sure what "tender" is. Could any of you explain?

Love thy enemy.

Tender, to make an offer that probably should be refused

Tender "To offer a security for sale to a party that is making an offer to buy it" In the context of the comment, it's cronyism in government. Rather than choosing the best applicant for the task, it's a political corruption probably based on who you know rather than what you know.

Tenderpreneur, It's a great new economics term: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenderpreneur

Fake sign language?

How very very fitting.
Perfect for the occasion!

I near about laughed my guts out

I admire Nelson Mandela, his place in history is assured but this right here is such a tell on what is simply the best political carnival of the winter season. Who is this guy? Is he nuts, does he have balls of steel or both?

Then with Obama snapping selfies and Merkel hiking up her skirt, the Supreme FLOTUS scouring above it all like a blimp scaled Sunday school marm, the stage is quite complete.


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Crowed full of idiots

Crowed full of idiots . What if a drone was to have flown by and accidentally dropped its load we might have had a lot of COLLATERAL DAMAGE ?

Seems perfect!

A bunch of phony politicians, honoring a fake hero, joined on stage with a fake sign language translator. Very appropriate.

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how about another?

setting your expectations to high,can cause depression

I'm so glad you like that guy

because, he's not funny, his comedy is racist, and he's a tard.

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sounds to me

all that name calling,is yet again describing your own shortcomings.
But please show me,and others just where I posted a comment one way or the other any opinion I have about the guy or his comedy.
OH,THATS RIGHT,you made that up,just as most other crap that comes out of your pie hole...and this is why you are called a turner,and a projectionist.
Have nice trolling day

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Maybe he wasn't faking the sign-language. Nothing was said.

This guy was signing the truth.

I loved the service,

only because our (New Zealand's) Prime Minister and his hugely inflated ego was identified as an "unidentified guest" talking to David Cameron.
Made My day..( although unidentified pest would have been better)
Glad it was inaudible, Barry wasn't worth listening to. I don't see why people would have to sit through the crap that pours from his mouth.


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This interpreter

got it absolutely correct. Blah,blah,blah,blah,blah,blah,blah. He should work at most government speeches. He did a service for the Deaf people of the world.

I wondered about that

Wife and I were both watching, she thought it was Zulu sign language.