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JOHANNESBURG---A man who appeared
to provide sign language interpretation
on stage for Nelson Mandela s memorial
service, attended by scores of heads of
state, was a "fake," the national director
of the Deaf Federation of South Africa
The unidentified man seen around the
world on television next to leaders includ-
ing United States President Barack
Obama "was moving his hands around
but there was no meaning in what he
used his hands for," said Bruno Druchen,
the federation s national director.
Four sign language experts, including
Druchen, said the man was not signing
in South African or American sign lan-
guages and could not have been signing
in any other known sign language
because there was no structure to his
arm and hand movements.
South African sign language covers all
of the country s 11 official languages,
according to the federation. (AP)
Huge crowds of South Africans have
queued to view the body of former President
Nelson Mandela in Pretoria.
Mandela s body was lying in state at the
government buildings where he was sworn
in as South Africa s first black president in
Among those paying their respects were
his widow Graca Machel, President Jacob
Zuma, celebrities including Bono and other
relatives and officials.
Mr Mandela died last Thursday at the age
of 95 and will be buried on Sunday.
They came in wheelchairs and pushchairs---
black, white and everything in between. Some
broke down in tears and needed to be sup-
ported; others were just subdued. There was
certainly no singing.
Some said that seeing the body meant
they could accept their tata, or father, had
really gone. Thobeka Mohlahlo came with
her two young children and so did not actually
see the body, but "just being here helped".
A white soldier was helping her by carrying
one of the children towards the bus. Nelson
Mandela would be proud how far his rainbow
nation has come.
His funeral will take place in his home vil-
lage of Qunu in Eastern Cape province.
Tens of thousands of South Africans joined
scores of world leaders for a national memo-
rial service on Tuesday, as part of a series
The former president s grandson, Ndaba
Mandela, said his grandfather would have
been touched by the way his death had united
people all over the world.
"I think he would have been completely
humbled by it, to see so many people just
share their love, their appreciation, just the
sense of appreciation that he has given them,"
Earlier, crowds watched as the coffin was
taken in procession from a hospital mortuary
to the Union Buildings.
Mr Mandela s remains will make the jour-
ney from the military hospital every morning
from Wednesday until tomorrow, the gov-
"The public are encouraged to form a guard
of honour by lining the streets," it said.
Crowds cheered and sang as the convoy
"Seeing him passing by was the greatest
thing I have ever seen in my life. I just wanted
to see him passing for the last time," said
one mourner, Grace. (AP)
Pope Francis has been named Person of the
Year by Time magazine.
During his nine months in office, the Pope had
pulled "the papacy out of the palace and into the
streets", managing editor Nancy Gibbs said.
"Rarely has a new player on the world stage
captured so much attention so quickly---young
and old, faithful and cynical," she added.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was run-
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the then cardinal arch-
bishop of Buenos Aires, was made Pope last March.
He named himself Francis after a 12th Century
Italian saint who turned his back on an aristocratic
lifestyle to work with the poor.
Since then, he has eschewed some of the more
regal trappings of high office, made headlines by
washing the feet of prisoners, and is planning
some major reforms to the Church.
"In his nine months in office, he has placed
himself at the very centre of the central conver-
sations of our time: about wealth and poverty,
fairness and justice, transparency, modernity, glob-
alisation, the role of women, the nature of marriage,
the temptations of power," Ms Gibbs wrote.
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said it
was "a positive sign" that one of the international
media s most prestigious recognitions had been
given to "a person who proclaims.. spiritual, reli-
gious and moral values and speaks out forcefully
in favour of peace and greater justice".
This is the third time a Pope has received the
recognition from Time magazine. John Paul II was
selected in 1994 and John XXIII was chosen in
Thousands file past
The procession for former South African president Nelson Mandela makes its way
through the streets of Pretoria, South Africa, yesterday. The body was being taken to the
Union Buildings in Pretoria where it will lie in state for three days. AP PHOTO
The cover of Time magazine's Person of the Year
issue, featuring Pope Francis. REUTERS PHOTO
Mandela ceremony interpreter called a 'fake'
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