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South African Interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie

by Stephen BrownDecember 13, 2013

A sign language interpreter is seen while US President Barack Obama speaks during the memorial service at FNB Stadium December 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The interpreter was accused ob December 11, 2013, of being a fake who merely flapped his arms around during speeches. “He’s a complete fraud,” Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town told AFP. “He wasn’t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around.” The interpreter, who translated eulogies including those of US President Barack Obama and Mandela’s grandchildren, looked as if he was “trying to swat a few flies away from his face and his head”. “The deaf community in South Africa are completely outraged and nobody knows who he is,” said Loening. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Stephen Brown
Stephen Brown @SteveBTech is a Technology Entrepreneur, & Int'l CES Judge. Along with being the founder of DigiLyfe, and, he is the founder of, & an organization that teaches K-12 Students Science & Technology.

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