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JOHANNESBURG December 11, 2013 (AP)

By ALAN CLENDENNING and RAY FAURE Associated Press

A man who provided 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 said on Tuesday.

The unidentified man seen around the world on television next to leaders including United States President Barack Obama "was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for," Bruno Druchen, the federation's national director, told The Associated Press.

The scandal over the interpreter is another indication of bad organization of the historic memorial service at a huge soccer stadium. Other difficulties included faulty public transport which hindered mourners from getting to the event and a faulty audio system that prevented many of the tens of thousands present from hearing the leaders' speeches.

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By Kate Sanitch, Orlando Sentinel, 8/12/2013

 

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Public confusion, legal loopholes and shady Internet businesses have led to an “epidemic” of fake service-dog certificates, vests and harnesses for use on ordinary pets. And disability advocates say the issue is creating big headaches for those who truly need the canines’ assistance.

The problem has gotten so bad that Canine Companions for Independence — the nation’s largest breeding and training service-dog program — launched an online petition asking the U.S. Department of Justice to take action.

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