11/12/2013 08:43 GMT | Updated 13/12/2013 05:42 GMT

Nelson Mandela Memorial Sign Language Fake In Gifs

The sign language interpreter used during Nelson Mandela’s memorial service was a fraud, in concerns raised by the British Deaf Association.

South Africa's deaf federation has confirmed that the 'signer' used during the Mandela memorial was a "fake".

The unnamed man at the memorial, which attended by President Obama and other heads of state, was simply "making childish hand gestures" for hours, David Buxton, the CEO of the British Deaf Association, said.

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