Following gospel legend Sfiso Ncwane’s funeral on Saturday, people have taken to social media to express their doubt over the sign language interpreter who was hired at the event. The funeral saw thousands of fans and celebrities converge at the Moses Mabhida Stadium to pay their last respects to the late Kulungile Baba hitmaker.
One of his long-time friends, actor Menzi Ngubane, was given the podium and gave an emotional speech that left everyone in tears. Among other things, he said he was on set shooting Isibaya when Mzwakhe Mbuli called to tell him about Ncwane’s death. An interpretation of the phrase “shooting” left many wondering if the signs were real.
The interpreter made a sign that looked more like a person pointing a gun at someone, suggesting a very different kind of shooting. See the pictures below:
Menzi: When Mzwakhe Mbuli called me, I was on set shooting Isibaya…
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Another speaker took to the podium, and the interpreter’s signs looked yet again questionable. Watch the video posted on Facebook by Molefi Mason Marumo below:
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This is not the first sign language interpreter whose signing has stumped viewers. Thamsanqa Jantjie left viewers wondering if he was a fake interpreter after rendering his services at former president Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in December 2014.
His signing skills became the talk of the country as media houses called in other sign language interpreters to verify his signs.
His video was featured on The Jimmy Kimmel Live show, with a sign language interpreter called in to explain the signs as the video was played.
“I support basic salutations, here salutations. Inside joining in this week’s cigarette inside to prove and on and on and to support I would please to say from me to you. Talking to you so far,” is what Jantjie claimed the speaker said.
When deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa took to the podium, this is what Jantjie told the hearing impaired Ramaphosa said:
“Hello, welcome so far. Well, cigarette join bringing in different to you. And I would like to pray this offering, basically this is fun, all of these balls to prove this is good. I’m sorry.”
The interpreter said Jantjie did not have a clue what he was saying.
Watch the video below: