Posted on | December 13, 2013 | 34 Comments
"Mandela Sign 'Interpreter' Faced Murder Rap in '03: Stood Ft Away From Obama…Record Includes Kidnapping, Rape" http://t.co/wWITVNOZ7x
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) December 13, 2013
The sign language interpreter who gestured meaninglessly at the Nelson Mandela memorial in South Africa on Tuesday has faced charges of murder, rape, theft, breaking and entering, malicious damage to property and kidnapping, according to eNCA.com.
The South African news site said the outcome of the murder charge against Thamsanqa Jantjie, brought in 2003, was unknown because the court case file is “mysteriously empty.”
Many of the other charges against Jantjie, dating back to 1994, were eventually dropped, eNCA reported, because he was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial. . . .
The disclosures reinforced questions about how Jantjie managed to get hired to stand right next to many of the powerful world leaders who spoke at the memorial for the late South African president in a large stadium in Soweto. Leaders of South African groups devoted to helping the deaf pointed out that Jantjie was making arm motions that made no sense and said he was a fake.
Jantjie has said he suffers from schizophrenia and was hearing voices when he was on stage. He said that he saw angels, according to the Associated Press, and that he could be violent.
Is it just me, or is there something strangely *appropriate* about Obama having a fake interpreter who is a criminal schizophrenic?
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) December 13, 2013