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S.Africa: 'Mistake' made hiring Mandela interpreter

By ALAN CLENDENNING

Associated Press

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JOHANNESBURG >> A South African deputy Cabinet minister says "a mistake happened" in the hiring of a sign language interpreter for the Nelson Mandela memorial service who experts say was signing gibberish on stage next to world leaders.

Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu said Thursday that government officials have tried to track down the company that provided Thamsanqa Jantjie but that the cowners "have vanished into thin air." Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Bogopane-Zulu apologized to deaf people offended around the world by what they say was Jantjie's incomprehensible signing.

She says an investigation is under way to determine how Jantjie received a security clearance.







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serious wrote:
They do business just like the UH athletic dept.
on December 12,2013 | 04:13AM
nitpikker wrote:
uhh..don't you mean uh...period?
on December 12,2013 | 05:43AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
You all are missing what the state run media is trying to do. This memorial was suppose to be for Nelson Mandela inttead they used it as a pep rally, "passing of the torch," "accepting the great Barack," etc. etc. But they are trying to hide that. Only the Left would stoop down so low and take advantage. BO only mentioned Nelson Mandela a couple of times in two of his books yet acts like he really admires and draws inspiration from him. What a phony.
on December 12,2013 | 06:27AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I predict he becomes a youtube sensation and that PSY will hire him to interpret one of his videos. He will be set for life.
on December 12,2013 | 05:47AM
loquaciousone wrote:
But the organizations for the deaf and blind will boycott his videos and never watch and listen to him again.
on December 12,2013 | 05:57AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
You have truly brought tasteless to a whole new level, loquaciousone. Maybe you should change your moniker to tastelessone.
on December 12,2013 | 09:07AM
krusha wrote:
The moral of the story is, make sure you check out their references before hiring anybody. :)
on December 12,2013 | 05:53AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I thought he was pretty good. After that performance, I would hire him as an NFL cheerleader.
on December 12,2013 | 05:56AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Clearly evidence as to why the current president of South Africa was booed heartily by the audience. His people hired the guy. Puts into question how lacksadaisical the current government. The current South African president, althought Zulu, is no Shaka Zulu who defeated the British in a series of military engagements at the beginning of the 19th century.
on December 12,2013 | 06:47AM
iwanaknow wrote:
So....................wave your hands around on TV and get famous? Dubious distinction?
on December 12,2013 | 07:57AM
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