SABC News - Government investigates fake interpreter:Wednesday 11 December 2013

Government investigates fake interpreter

Wednesday 11 December 2013 18:30


A man with an official security pass gesticulated gibberish

A man with an official security pass gesticulated gibberish(SABC)

Government says they are looking into complaints of a fake interpreter who took the stage during the National Memorial Service of former President, Nelson Mandela, which was televised to millions around the world.

Deaf South Africa has expressed outrage at the fake sign language interpreter, gesticulating gibberish before millions.

While dignitaries were addressing the crowd in the FNB stadium in Johannesburg, the man with an official security pass around his neck produced a series of hand signals that experts said meant absolutely nothing.

Police say the hunt is on for the man, but they do not know who he is.  

Minister in the Presidency, Collins Chabane says: “Government has noted the concerns expressed in various quarters about the alleged incorrect use of sign language at the National Memorial Service.

"Government is looking into this matter, but has not been able to conclude this inquiry due to the demanding schedule of organising the events related to the state funeral.”

Chabane has promised the government will report back to the public once the investigations into the matter have been concluded.
He also says government, “wishes to assure South Africans that we are clear in defending the rights and dignity of people with disability.”

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