Saturday, December 14, 2013

Oh, that fake sign language interpreter? He’s got some “history”

posted at 3:31 pm on December 14, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

There have been plenty of people having fun at the expense of the little mix-up at the Mandela ceremonies when the sign language interpreter seemed to be a bit less than authentic. Jimmy Kimmel brought on a real interpreter who attempted to translate what the guy was signing and it turned out to be complete gibberish. The imposter later claimed to have been having a schizophrenic episode where he was seeing angels in the stadium, but people didn’t seem to be buying the story.

But hey… it was all in good fun, right? Wasn’t he probably just the South African version of Howard Stern’s baba booey, generating some laughs at the expense of the high and mighty? Not so fast. As Mark Steyn points out this week, the man has a bit darker past than just some wannabe comic.
eNCA’s investigations have found that Thamsanqa Jantjie, who is being treated for schizophrenia, has also faced rape (1994), theft (1995), housebreaking (1997), malicious damage to property (1998), murder, attempted murder and kidnapping (2003) charges.
What exactly do all those security guys in the Presidential motorcade do?

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