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In the Line of Fire: Presidential security

The sign language interpreter who worked at Nelson Mandela's memorial service was not, it turns out, a sign language interpreter. Well, he worked as one, on multiple occasions, and no one complained, but he doesn't actually know any sign language. Not even the sign language for 'thank you' and 'Mandela'.

The interpreter claimed he is qualified but was hallucinating and hearing voices during the service, and that he is receiving treatment for schizophrenia. He also reportedly once faced a murder charge.

Roberto De Vido writes cartoons and comics about politics, sports (and life) from a small fishing and farming village an hour southwest of Tokyo.

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“He started well and then in the middle he got tired and lost concentration. That did not mean he is a bad sign language interpreter.”

— Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, deputy minister for women, children and people with disabilities, refusing to admit complete fault