Mandela memorial fake sign language interpreter reportedly faced murder charge a decade ago

  • Article by: ALAN CLENDENNING , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 13, 2013 - 6:26 PM

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa's government was confronted Friday with a new and chilling allegation about the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial: He was reportedly accused of murder 10 years ago.

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melloncollieDec. 13, 13 6:49 PM

It happens. OK.

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jbpaperDec. 13, 13 7:26 PM

You would think they would already have someone in their "rolodex" for times when they need a interpreter.

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absent_carloDec. 13, 13 7:29 PM

Sounds about right.

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davehougDec. 13, 13 7:34 PM

Betcha some relative hired him and nobody cared WHO was hired, just that they had a guy there.

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slowrideDec. 13, 13 8:29 PM

Security breakdown. He shouldn't have been that close to our President in a situation like that. With his lack of interpretation skills and also criminal background of violence, I bet nobody ever checked him for a weapon before he got up on that platform, and if they did, he never should have passed a background check. We can stop terrorists from planning attacks, but we can't prevent a fraud from standing next to our President?

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bobblumenfelDec. 13, 13 8:36 PM

@jbpaper: "You would think they would already have someone in their "rolodex" for times when they need a interpreter." --- He WAS on their Rolodex. They had used him before, but apparently no one ever complained about him or, if they did, weren't listened to.

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JRBDec. 13, 13 8:40 PM

How in the world could a guy who is "schizophrenic with violent tendencies" get within arm's length of the President? When the investigation is completed and those responsible are identified, heads need to roll. Then again, this administration seems incapable of firing anyone no matter how incompetent they are.

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supervon2Dec. 13, 13 9:32 PM

I watched him and I'm not certain which one on the stage made more sense.

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Diogenes9Dec. 13, 13 9:51 PM

Just another day in South Africa. Tra la la...

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