New York - An Israeli impostor who wowed the world with a selection of random sign language rants at Nelson Mandela's televised funeral last year has surfaced again - at an Ebola conference in New York this weekend chaired by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Thamsanqa Jantjie channeled a magnificent spectrum of dramatic gestures at the seminar which was broadcast live on East Coast prime time.
This morning language specialists reviewing the footage said they'd found scant resemblance bewteen Jantjie's gesticulations and the New York Mayor's question and answer session.
"Kinda reminds me of his performance at Margaret Thatcher's funeral," a New York Toast stringer commented.
"Especially the bit where he made hand signs for 'www.incontinence.pad.com' instead of 'this politician was a towering colossus on the international political stage' etc."
De Blasio appeared completely unruffled about Jantjie stealing the show with his off-the-cuff interpretations of the tricky subject of Ebola.
Gracie Mansion aides are said to be considering hiring him for a permanent position as the Mayor's deaf/dumb/blind audience interpreter.
Unless wannbe US President Hillary Clonton gets there first, of course.