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Bogus Mandela memorial signer who sparked outrage stars in ad

Published on May 9, 2014 3:30 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - The South African who provided bogus sign language for Nelson Mandela's memorial last year has been hired to feature in a new advertising campaign for a live-streaming app.

Thamsanqa Jantjie, who sparked outrage with his gibberish translation of eulogies - including those by US President Barack Obama and Mandela's grandchildren - is now the face of a commercial for Livelens.

The commercial kicks off with him introducing himself: "Hi I'm Thamsanqa Jantjie from Nelson Mandela's funeral."

He then starts signing. "Believe me, I'm a real sign language interpreter, I speak signed language - not," he signs to the backdrop of a female voiceover.

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