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Bogus Deaf Signer Was Accused Of Necklacing

From an irony proof Associated Press:

Bogus signer Thamsanqa Jantjie accused of burning 2 men to death

Sign language interpreter at Mandela memorial helped in 2003 necklacing of thieves, friends say

Dec 16, 2013

The bogus sign language interpreter at last week’s Nelson Mandela memorial service was among a group of people who accosted two men found with a stolen television and burned them to death by setting fire to tires placed around their necks, one of the interpreter’s cousins and three of his friends told The Associated Press Monday.

So his selection was more apt than we knew. But it’s kind of strange how little attention this detail has gotten from the mainstream news media. Why is that, do you think?

But Thamsanqa Jantjie never went to trial for the 2003 killings when other suspects did in 2006 because authorities determined he was not mentally fit to stand trial, said the four. They insisted on speaking anonymously because of the sensitivity of the fake signing fiasco, which has deeply embarrassed South Africa’s government and prompted a high-level investigation into how it happened…

"It was a community thing, what you call mob justice, and I was also there," Jantjie told the newspaper…

Yes, "a community thing" probably put together by ‘community organizers.’

Instead of standing trial, Jantjie was institutionalized for a period of longer than a year, the four said, and then returned to live in his poor township neighbourhood on the outskirts of Soweto. At some point after that, they said, he started getting jobs doing sign language interpretation at events for the governing African National Congress Party…

In the interview last Thursday, Jantjie said he had been violent in the past "a lot" but declined to provide more details and blamed his violence on his schizophrenia, for which he said he was institutionalized for 19 months in a period that included time during 2006. The cousin and the three friends said the "necklacing" killing of the suspected thieves occurred within a few hundred metres from Jantjie’s tidy concrete home near ramshackle dwellings…

Necklacing fairly common

Necklacing was a method of killing that was fairly common during the struggle against apartheid by blacks on blacks suspected of aiding the white government or belonging to opposing factions…

Well okay, then. If the AP says it’s ‘fairly common,’ it must be okay.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Bogus Deaf Signer Was Accused Of Necklacing”

  1. Helena says:

    This was a mere 10 years ago — and is apparently still “fairly common”. What a beautiful rainbow society they have created for themselves. Mandela certainly did a lot for these people.

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