Language interpreter makes it up as he goes at Mandela memorial

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – We see it all the time; sign language interpreters on TV doing translations for the deaf.

Those of us who aren’t deaf likely assume that these interpreters know what they’re doing.

According to multiple sign language experts, the interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial on Tuesday was a phony.

Eva Storey, the president and CEO of Sign Shares, a provider of sign language interpreting services in Houston, said, “It was insulting because the deaf community was left out.”

South Africa’s deaf community says the interpreter’s hand motions didn’t mean a thing at all.

The unidentified interpreter signed for President Obama as well at the ceremony.

It certainly takes guts to stand on an international stage and give bogus sign language.

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