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Deaf Interpreter Faked Before, Has Violent Past

From the Associated Press:

Man accused of faking sign-language at Mandela memorial says he ‘saw angels,’ has violent past

Alan Clendenning | Thursday, Dec. 12 2013

The man accused of faking sign-language while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service said Thursday he saw “angels” at the event and has been violent in the past.

And he was three feet from Obama? What kind of security checks did they do? Did they decide to overlook the man’s violent past in honor of Mr. Mandela?

Thamsanqa Jantjie said in a 45-minute interview with The Associated Press that his hallucinations began while he was interpreting and that he tried not to panic because there were “armed policemen around me.” He added that he was once hospitalized in a mental health facility for more than one year and suffers from schizophrenia.

Jantjie, who stood gesticulating 1 metre from Obama and others who spoke at Tuesday’s ceremony that was broadcast around the world, insisted that he was doing proper sign-language interpretation of the speeches of world leaders.But he also apologized for his performance that has been dismissed by many sign-language experts as gibberish…

“But what I was doing, I was doing what I believe is my calling, I was doing what I believe makes a difference.”

A lot of leftists seem to think the same way. It doesn’t matter if they are spouting dangerous gibberish. It’s their calling.

The statements by Jantjie raise serious security issues for Obama, other heads of state and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who made speeches at FNB Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg’s black township… Many of them, including Obama, stood one metre away from Jantjie.

“What happened that day, I see angels come to the stadium … I start realizing that the problem is here. And the problem, I don’t know the attack of this problem, how will it comes. Sometimes I react violent on that place. Sometimes I will see things that chase me,” Jantjie said.

“I was in a very difficult position,” he added. “And remember those people, the president and everyone, they were armed, there was armed police around me. If I start panicking I’ll start being a problem. I have to deal with this in a manner so that I mustn’t embarrass my country.”

Asked how often he had become violent, he said “a lot” while declining to provide details.

How wonderful. Especially given how there were guns around him for the grabbing.

Jantjie said he was due on the day of the ceremony to get a regular six-month mental health checkup to determine whether the medication he takes was working, whether it needed to be changed or whether he needed to be kept at a mental health facility for treatment.


He said he did not tell the company that contracted him for the event for about $85 that he was due for the checkup, but said the owner of SA Interpreters in Johannesburg was aware of his condition.

So Mr. Jantjie was only paid $85 for his services. What do you expect for $85?

AP journalists who visited the address of the company that Jantjie provided found a different company there where managers said they knew nothing about SA Interpreters. A woman answered the phone at a number that Jantjie provided and said it was not for the company, and another phone number went to a voicemail that did not identify the person or company with the number.

Jantjie said he received one year of sign language interpretation at a school in Cape Town, and insisted that he has previously interpreted at many events without anyone complaining. The AP showed Jantjie video footage of him interpreting on stage at the Mandela memorial service. “I don’t remember any of this at all,” he said.

Well, to be fair, we don’t either.

By the way, this isn’t the first time Mr. Jantjie has been caught faking.

From the Agence France Presse:

‘Fake’ deaf signer at Mandela event claims mental illness

December 12, 2013

Johannesburg (AFP) – … The interview with [Associated Press] did not address the fact that Jantjie’s competence had been called into question before the memorial furore erupted.

The South Africa’s Translators’ Institute said they already had reservations about Jantjie, who had previously signed at the ruling ANC party’s events, including its centenary anniversary last year.

The institute’s chairman Johan Blaauw said there had been complaints over his work on those occasions as well, but the ruling party took no action.

And yet he was hired again. Go figure.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Deaf Interpreter Faked Before, Has Violent Past”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    Just say he was signing in EBONICS!

    Doesn’t that always work when black folks talk or write gibberish?

    Heck, the entire rap industry is based on this premise. I saw Snoop Dog on Saturday Night Live give a “performance” and after his set, people actually clapped. I figured he was having a stroke or seizure on live television, and when he was done, I was shocked that all of it was on purpose. No one has the guts or the sense to tell some of these folk that their “craft” is utter gibberish and seems like something a young child or a mentally ill person might come up with.

  2. JohnMG says:

    “……‘Fake’ deaf signer at Mandela event claims mental illness…..”

    Like I said yesterday, ……..if 0bama had a son……….

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