Fake sign language interpreter at Mandela memorial says he hallucinated, "saw angels"

  • Article by: ALAN CLENDENNING , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 12, 2013 - 4:50 PM

JOHANNESBURG — The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial says he suffers from schizophrenia and hallucinated and saw angels while gesturing incoherently just 3 feet away from President Barack Obama and other world leaders, outraging deaf people worldwide who said his signs amounted to gibberish.

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pinky1933Dec. 12, 13 8:49 AM

Well, he did the best he can and that's what matters.

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rvjesseDec. 12, 13 9:03 AM

This is not good. I was under the impression our secret service checked out everyone who could have access to our president. Luckily nothing bad happened to anyone.

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jarlmnDec. 12, 1310:41 AM

Nice that he wanted to make the sincere effort. I'm sure the Liberals will give him a trophy for participation and the Conservatives will make him a Pastor because he can talk to angels.

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heckyousayDec. 12, 1311:35 AM

The best he can? A sincere effort? Are you serious? What this man did, and what organizers allowed, was a significant dis-service to the world's hearing impaired / deaf community. If you had been planning to watch the memorial service and the sound came through as nothing but static, simply because the audio folks on the other end didn't think it important enough to do it right, how would that make you feel?

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kkrugerudDec. 12, 13 2:42 PM

Question: if "they" knew this man was a fraud, that is, a mere imitator, then how and why was he doing his 'performance' for so long? Something is lacking in this story, for there is no way such a fraud would be there without police suspicion or escorting.

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loop80Dec. 13, 1312:54 AM

As usual, every talking out of their various orifices. O Do us all a favor and before you start typing comments, do some research and see other footage of him signing other events. He was a trained and certified signer and signed other events properly. What happened on Monday was not fraud.

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