'Fake interpreter' at Mandela memorial enrages deaf community

JOHANNESBURG

Bruno Druchen says 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."

South African parliament member Wilma Newhoudt, a member of the ruling party, also said the man communicated nothing with his hand and arm movements. Both Druchen and Newhoudt are deaf. AP interviewed both Druchen and Newhoudt by telephone using an interpreter.

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