Mandela interpreter firm 'vanishes'

JOHANNESBURG - The owners of the firm which supplied a "fake" sign language interpreter to the Mandela memorial event have vanished, a South African minister has said.

Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu apologised to the deaf community for the poor quality of interpretation given by Thamsanqa Dyantyi from SA Interpreters.

"He is Xhosa speaking. The English was a bit too much for him," she said.

Mr Dyantyi himself has blamed his flawed interpretation on a schizophrenic episode.

He also admitted he has been violent in the past.

During the memorial, Mr Dyantyi was employed to stand on the stage next to key speakers such as US President Barack Obama and Mr Mandela's grandchildren, translating their eulogies.

But the minister denied there was a security issue, saying he had been properly accredited.

Mr Mandela died last week at the age of 95 and will be buried on Sunday.

His body is currently lying in state in Pretoria, with thousands queuing to pay respects.

Comments (6)

Batai munhu

kedu - 12 December 2013

Interpreter firm vanishes ! ! ! Matsotsi eku South Africa are at it again!!!! These conman matsotsi knew that there was money to be made , so macrooks aya decided to send a fake translator to cash in on this very international occasion. So now it is over, they vanish into thin air , and we will never catch them, but they have collected their loot and these tsotsis do not give a hoot if this has embarrassed the South African government. All they are interested in is the money that they were paid, I know matsotsi .

Conman - 12 December 2013

Whoever hired the firm, is the one at fault. I couldn't help but feel sorry for the alleged fake interpreter. Caught up in a scam of such grand occasion. An insult to what looked like a well organised international memorial.

taps - 13 December 2013

I rather feel pity for the interpreter, having been thrown at the deep end of interpreting fine tuned speeches at the death of a Global Hero. But who appointed him

MAPINGIRE - 13 December 2013

Hapana nyaya apa

Dhodhi - 13 December 2013

He also admitted that he has been violent in the past. What has this have to do with the poor quality of interpretation ?

so what - 30 December 2013

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