A South African deputy Cabinet minister says ``a mistake happened'' in the hiring of a sign language interpreter for the Nelson Mandela memorial service who experts say was signing gibberish on stage next to world leaders.
Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu said Thursday that government officials have tried to track down the company that provided Thamsanqa Jantjie but that the cowners ``have vanished into thin air.'' Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Bogopane-Zulu apologized to deaf people offended around the world by what they say was Jantjie's incomprehensible signing.
She says an investigation is under way to determine how Jantjie received a security clearance.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel tried to get to the bottom of it, and brought in an actual interpreter to figure out what the guy was trying to say.