More confusion over 'fake interpreter'

It appears the organisation which interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie is affiliated to doesn’t exist.

Thami Jantjie, the man who's at the centre of controversy after his fake sign language interpretation during the Nelson Mandela's memorial at the FNB Stadium on 10 December 2013. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - There seems to be much confusion regarding sign language interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie and the organisation he is affiliated to.

He is accused of falsely signing for deaf spectators gathered at Madiba's memorial service at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday.

Mandela died at his Houghton home last week.

Tuesday's incident with Jantjie sparked outrage and embarrassment among members of the local and international deaf communities.

Earlier on Thursday, Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu came out in strong support of Jantjie.

She said nobody had the right to call him a fake.

Bogopane-Zulu said Jantjie received proper training and was subscribed to a group called South African Translators Organisation.

South African Translators' Institute chairperson Johan Blaauw says no such organisation exists.

He also confirmed Jantjie was not registered with his institute.

"The problem is we are called the South African Translators' Institute are we are concerned we may be painted with the same brush."

Meanwhile, Disabled People SA says Jantjie must publicly apologise for his actions.

It said Jantjie made a mockery of disabled people during one of South Africa's most important events.