Mandela Ceremony Interpreter Called a ‘Fake’

Al Clendenning and Ray Faure, My Way, December 11, 2013

A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a “fake,” the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday.

Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa’s government said it was preparing a statement.

Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. {snip}

The unidentified man seen around the world on television next to leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama “was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for,” said Bruno Druchen, the federation’s national director.

Nicole Du Toit, an official sign language interpreter who also watched the broadcast, said in a telephone interview that the man on stage purporting to sign was an embarrassment.

“It was horrible, an absolute circus, really really bad,” she said. “Only he can understand those gestures.”



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  • haroldcrews

    Presumably he is somebody’s nephew. That’s what I’m thinking.

    • John Frum

      As in monkeys uncle.

    • Reverend Bacon

      In fact, if Obama had a nephew, he’d look like this…

      • me

        It probably IS Bongo’s nephew…since he’s from Kenya after all….

        • Alexandra1973

          Is that an actual page out of some book? If so, I know of some people I’d like to send that to….

          • me

            Yup. Breitbart died for exposing this booklet. Go to Breitbart dot com for more information….

      • Young Werther

        ha ha…that is funny…

    • Oil Can Harry

      ‘It was horrible, an absolute circus, really really bad.”

      Enough about the funeral. What about the sign language guy?

      • BillMillerTime

        Yeah, really. “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?””

      • Strike_Team

        Some friends of mine had to make an arrest or two at Oil Can Harry’s years back. LOL No reflection on you of course. I catch hell from some I know for using a picture of Vic Mackey as an avatar.

      • Erasmus

        A fake sign language interpreter signing the speech of a fake president at the funeral of a fake hero. What’s not to like?

      • Gereng

        Perfect attuned to the reality of Africa as I experienced it. The ‘signer’ by his own admission is loony. About half of all black Africans I knew or worked with were equally as demented or moronic as this chap. But, those who picked him for this job were obviously unable too distinguish a nut case for what passes as normal in Negroland Which fact does not shock or surprise me.

        • I’m starting to think that we’re mistaking mental illness for typical black. I mean, if half of blacks are crazy, can you really call crazy crazy?

          • Gereng

            Consider that the African Negro never evolved the intellectual capacity to create civilization. This is why he is unable on his own to maintain the modern elements of civilization constructed by whites for him in Africa or in his neighborhoods wherever he lives. There is a cognitive function essential for evolving modern societies that remains missing in the Negro’s mental equipment. There is something plainly irrational and incomprehensible (to us) about their behavior. The knock-out game being one example.

  • John Frum

    This is the most comical real life thing I ever saw,bar none.

    • sbuffalonative

      AND we get him in a picture with Obama!

    • Katherine McChesney

      Despite their being the criminal race they are also clowns.


    Kept the Afrikaaners distracted while the murdering savages snuck up on them from behind with machetes.

    • Spartacus

  • valhallavoice

    I speak jive, this is hand jive

    • Rhialto

      You’re close; the man is interpreting the speeches using gang signs. Specifically the dialect used in the St. Louis area. He is performing a very difficult task with great proficiency. I am an expert in this area possessing a M. Bs. in Ebonical Communications from Fisk University.

      • sbuffalonative

        Maybe it was ‘We are now free to kill whites’.

      • Strider73

        Dang, you beat me to it. My 1st guess was gang signs too.

  • Lord_Steven_Regal

    The Guardian reported that deaf people had previously complained that this interpreter is bogus after his numerous appearances at African National Congress events. Despite this the ANC continued to use him and chose him to be the interpreter at this event that was to be televised internationally. Speaks volumes about South Africa’s black leadership.

    • JackKrak

      Not to sound too concerned about O’s safety, but I also have to wonder how the Secret Service let an obvious impostor stand next to the POTUS.

      I’m sure there will be an investigation followed by heads rolling……..(ha!)

  • He could have just as easily gone chimpout into full ruckus mode and been the star of Nelson’s memorial service.

    • sbuffalonative

      These things would be funny if they weren’t absurdly true. These people are so stupid they believe they can get away with these kinds of games.

  • Luca

    So while Obama was spewing verbal nonsense, he had a black behind him doing the same thing in some mystical, vibrant, unique, cosmic African sign language.

    The results are the same, African-based, Bovine Scat.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Good point. My take is, Mandela, Obama, and the lot of them are a bunch of fakes, why not this guy, too? Oh, and by the way, good job, Secret Service!

  • jane johnson

    This is hilarious. SNL needs to bring back Garrett Morris’ Weekend Update segment (news for the hard of hearing). “NELSON MANDELA WAS A …” LMAO!

    • valhallavoice

      Good night and have a pleasant To Mo Row

  • Spartacus

    “Everywhere I go
    Our lands have SUNK SO LOW…
    Time to fetch the ROPE !
    And let THEM know…”

    No Remorse – I’m a racist

  • He was demonstrating how Mandela swam.

  • You people are just vile racists. The interpreter was speaking ESL — Ebonics Sign Language, vocabulary 200 words.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    Lol. The better explanation is that they were just too dumb to understand what sign language is. They probably thought that world leaders gave speeches with people next to them making hand gestures for story-telling effects.

  • RisingReich

    One fake, beside a parade of dozens of other fakes. One thing blacks always get right, is incompetence and failure, while believing they are ‘heroes’, ‘saviors’, and ‘social justice ministers’ and ‘community activists’.

    This would be hilarious if it wasn’t so damn sad. The reason it’s sad is stupid people lap this crap up like they believe it’s true.

  • abigail greeley

    Just another negro, pretending to job.

  • Strike_Team

    Blacks pulling a scam?

    Tell me it isn’t true.

    You can bet they are laughing their asses off, despite having been caught.

    • smedley

      Maybe he should apply at a sign language interpreter at University of North Carolina, they hire all sorts of fakes there.

      • Sick of it

        A fan of General Smedley Butler?

        • QuinnTheEskimo9

          Always good to see a shout out to Smedley Butler. A true American Hero.

          “War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.”

          Instead we are forced to kowtow and “worship” the likes of terrorists like Mandela.

  • MekongDelta69

    “The unidentified man seen around the world on television next to leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama ‘was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for.'”

    I see NO problem with the picture above in this article, or what the guy on the right did.

    Because the guy on the left kept flapping his lips and there was no meaning in what he used his lips for…

  • John K

    Maybe they were gang signs.

    • smedley

      Ebonics via sign language.

  • odious liberal

    This cat is too cool, probably a Nigerian, making big bucks doing hand jives.

    • Brian

      I’m not an expert in this sign language but I think he’s trying to tell us something about the son of a prince…something about $100 million US that’s held in escrow…needs a Western Union of $1000…and you can get $10 million for helping.

  • Alexandra1973

    So was he grabbing his crotch and flashing gang signs?

  • QuinnTheEskimo9

    A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a “fake.”

    Well, Obama is a “fake” so it was appropriate.

    His interpretation was gobbledegook, just like Obama’s speech. I’d say the guy deserves a raise and a shout out, it was calling it exactly as he heard it.

  • eduard

    By now, after twenty years of messing up, it is quite obvious that the dark races and especially the negro race, cannot organize or run an event. If they could not pull this one off, how the hell do they expect to run a country?

  • Luca

    Just another negro pretending to be working and in reality, accomplishing nothing.

  • [Guest]

    I thought this, from another news report, just added comedic effect:

    >>>The ruling African National Congress (ANC) also professed no knowledge, even though several television clips from a big party meeting a year ago showed the same man gesticulating on stage alongside Zuma.

  • DaveMed

    I’m sure his sign “language” made about as much sense to deaf people as Ebonics makes to whites.

    • Alexandra1973

      Could’ve been the ebonics version of sign language. Why not? They screw everything else up.

  • King of My Castle

    LOL! Classic! I love it!

  • BillMillerTime

    So, one African fraud flapped his arms in meaningless gestures next to another African fraud who flapped his tongue in meaningless gestures.

  • Strike_Team

    Wow. Deleted my original post for stating the truth?

    I have no doubt that the “interpreter” and his handlers are laughing their tails off even though they were caught.

  • David Ashton

    All a bit of circus.

  • Pelagian

    The Onion headline I’m waiting for is:

    “God: ‘Yep, Mandela Was Better Than Me.'”

  • Who Me?

    I remember not too long back there was a story about some ignorant skank that had a couple of her “homies” either badly injure or kill a couple of deaf teenagers at a cafe because she “thought they were throwing gang signs” (across a cafe table, yet!)
    Maybe this dude is signing her way…

  • Paleoconn

    What a fraud that guy in the picture is. Not to mention the fake sign language guy.

  • Young Werther

    This is so funny. Then again, when no one understand what language is being used, it might be a *code*…He could have been announcing a white sale (pun intended) at Macys or sending *begin the attact* to groups around the world…that reminds me, I will be giving sign language classes after Christmas!

  • Bantu_Education

    A mute metaphor for mandelatopian madness..!

  • Erasmus

    The African brain is a constant source of wonder.

    The African brain? Is there really such a thing? Surely it’s only an urban legend. (Who needs comedy when you have real life)

  • Bantu_Education

    “Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu said Thursday that government officials have tried to track down the company that provided Thamsanqa Jantjie but that the owners “have vanished into thin air.” JUST LIKE THE PENIS SNATCHERS

    Speaking today, Jantjiey said he saw “angels” at the event, has been violent in the past and suffers from schizophrenia. WERE THEY BLACK ANGELS?

    Jantjie told The Associated Press that his hallucinations began while he was interpreting and that he tried not to panic because there were “armed policemen around me.” He added that he was once hospitalized in a mental health facility for more than one year.

    Asked how often he had become violent, he said “a lot” while declining to provide details.

    HE IS A CLONE OF JULIUS MALEMA, who will probably be Azania’s next president.

  • ixObserver

    World’s politicians needed someone to show them a finger or two I guess. Bravo con man.

  • Pelagian

    This gets weirder and weirder. From Reuters: “jinyiwen/Mandela mimer hits back: I’m sign language champion ”

    (I would send a link, but including a link is a way of assuring that you’ve wasted your time trying to post: it never materializes).

  • Bardon Kaldian

    Let’s be frank- that’s what Mandela’s funeral is supposed to be. Some kind of poetic justice.

  • I. J. Talour

    Firstly, why is there a ‘national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa?’

    Secondly, only in Africa can you find an official so incompetent that he throws up a sign language illiterate to perform next to world leaders in one of the biggest televised events in mankind’s history.

  • Stan D Mute

    This is RAYCISS! That man know his signing. He just be doing Ebonic sign language!

  • Reverend Bacon

    Maybe the Africans are beginning to consider hiring Koko the gorilla?

  • Rick Brooks

    It seems that many blacks are incapable of mastering European languages. In Jamaica many of them speak a debased version of English referred to as a patois. In Haiti only the elites can speak standard French while the masses communicate in Haitian Creole. In America, we have something called “Ebonics” or (more comically) “jive” that’s used by a subset of the black population. And the thing is, it’s only blacks who seem to have this problem. With proper exposure and instruction other races have no difficulty using our languages in their standard form. You can often identify someone as being black simply by the sound of their voice. That’s something you can’t do that with any other race.