A sad day for interpreters everywhere, especially in South Africa, as it’s been reported that the sign language interpreter standing next to President Obama and other world leaders during the Nelson Mandela memorial has been deemed “a fake.”
According to the Associated Press:
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.
South Africa’s government told AP it was preparing a statement. Jackson Mthembu, spokesman for the governing African National Congress party, declined to comment. “Government will be able to assist you,” Mthembu said but hours later no statement had been issued.