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Fake interpreter at Mandela funeral
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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Dec 11, 2013

Hello everyone

I see this story is covered in some places:

http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2013/12/11/mandela-memorial-sign-language-interpreter-fake---wtf
http://limpingchicken.com/2013/12/10/fake-interpreter-mandela/

The interpreter used for this event is a complete fraud. Do you know of similar incidents?

Samuel


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Václav Pinkava  Identity Verified
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Thumbing his nose at security? Dec 11, 2013

Pun intended, but this really is no joke.

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Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
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Here's another case: Dec 11, 2013

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2176840/Trial-stopped-murder-case-translator-wife--real-interpreter--busy-up.html

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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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I mean televised and/or at a large, public event Dec 11, 2013

Gudrun Wolfrath wrote:
Here's another case...


Yes, but that was a private affair. Do you know of televised and/or large public events where similar things have happened?


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Ania Heasley  Identity Verified
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Murder trial private? Dec 11, 2013

Samuel Murray wrote:
Yes, but that was a private affair.


IMHO murder trial is hardly a private affair.


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Murder trials Dec 11, 2013

Ania Heasley wrote:
Samuel Murray wrote:
Yes, but that was a private affair.

IMHO murder trial is hardly a private affair.


Well, it is not a large event with hundreds of people in attendance and is not televised to a public audience and participation is limited to strict rules and conventions. A murder trial is not a "public event" unless it is someone famous who got killed or who killed. It is fairly private.


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Amel Abdullah  Identity Verified
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New development... Dec 12, 2013

The interpreter at the Mandela event has said that he experienced a schizophrenic episode while interpreting:

http://news.yahoo.com/mandela-memorial-sign-language-interpreter-39-fraud-39-004855924.html


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Amel Abdullah  Identity Verified
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Depends on the country, perhaps... Dec 12, 2013

Murder trials are fairly public in the United States and often attract media coverage. Some are televised as well.

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Dusan Miljkovic
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Security Dec 12, 2013

This guy was probably the first line of security fro the speakers, it just a shame they didn't have somebody who actually knew the sign language. I mean, there's no way a "fake interpreter" can stand right next to Obama.

If something had happened at the funeral, he probably would've been a hero.


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FarkasAndras
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wow Dec 12, 2013

Amel Abdullah wrote:

The interpreter at the Mandela event has said that he experienced a schizophrenic episode while interpreting:

http://news.yahoo.com/mandela-memorial-sign-language-interpreter-39-fraud-39-004855924.html

Oh dear. First of all one person claimed on twitter that he had already done it at another televised event (faked signing, that is). That was not an international event so it didn't make the news quite like this. So it seems likely that he is just a fraud, or he keeps having schizophrenic episodes at the worst time. But if he is actually schizophrenic, how on earth could he have been allowed to stand three feet from Obama? Who is handling security there? And why didn't they have a backup interpreter?


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Remy van Tol  Identity Verified
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What about the company? Dec 12, 2013

This guy was sent by an interpretation company. What company is going to send a charlatan to probably one of the biggest events in modern time?

[Edited at 2013-12-12 14:44 GMT]


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Amel Abdullah  Identity Verified
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The company... Dec 12, 2013

This article includes a little information about the company, including the name:

http://news.yahoo.com/mandela-mimer-hits-back-39-m-sign-language-071924797.html

Apparently, no one has been able to track them down since the signing debacle occurred.


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Kaspars Melkis  Identity Verified
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One can only wonder why? Dec 12, 2013

Remy van Tol wrote:

This guy was sent by an interpretation company. What company is going to send a charlatan to probably one of the biggest events in modern time?

[Edited at 2013-12-12 14:44 GMT]


Unbelievable but they never learn.

Jantjie, whose first language is Xhosa -- the same as Mandela’s -- was paid 800 rand ($77) for the full-day event, Bogopane-Zulu said. That compares with the as much as 1,700 rand an hour typical fee for a sign language interpreter, she said.


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Violent sign language interpreter's access to Obama triggers investigation Dec 12, 2013

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/12/21873839-violent-sign-language-interpreters-access-to-obama-triggers-investigation

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They should have hired this little girl instead! Dec 12, 2013

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/12/5-year-old-girl-surprises-deaf-parents-at-school-holiday-concert/

She interpreted the songs for her deaf parents, so they could enjoy the kindergarten Christmas show!

Simply adorable.


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