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Fake 'Interpreter' at Nelson Mandela Memorial Service

11 December 2013

We tend to agree with the widely held opinion that this gentleman was a fake. The BDA feels strongly that a qualified interpreter should have been used at Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service. The ‘signer’ was not using South African Sign Language, but merely producing repeated hand-waving gestures. This was insulting to both the South African Deaf Community and, indeed, the Deaf Community Worldwide.