Fraudster's sign language was all gibberish
Published 12/12/2013 | 23:32
A MYSTERY South African man who acted as a sign-language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial service was a "fraud" who simply made "childish hand gestures" for hours as he stood on stage.
Deaf groups say the man, who has not yet been identified, made no sense in any language to those relying on him around the world, and did not seem to know recognised signs for South Africa, 'Madiba', President Jacob Zuma or former President Thabo Mbeki.
The embarrassing revelation also raises questions about the security at the landmark event.
The interpreter, who wore the clearance pass of a government official, stood just feet from US president Barack Obama as he made his widely-praised speech.