Mandela Memorial Interpreter Once Faced Rape, Murder, And Kidnapping Charges

Guest Post by Mara Zebest

The more that is revealed about this ‘fake’ sign language interpreter, the more one has to wonder about the competence of any aspect of the Obama Administration—down to the ability of the Secret Service to do their job in vetting those surrounding the President.

NY Daily News and Fox News are now reporting that the Mandela ‘Fake’ interpreter has a past rap sheet including charges of murder, rape, and kidnapping.


The incompetence is stunning and laughable as illustrated in this recent Jimmy Kimmel segment in which a sign language interpreter evaluates what the Mandela interpreter actually said.

NYDailyNews reports the following:

The “fake” sign language interpreter who said he suffered a schizophrenic fit  onstage at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service has a criminal history that includes charges of rape and murder, according to a report.

Thamsanqa Jantjie – who stood near several world leaders, including President Obama, during the event at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg – has been arrested at least five times since the mid-1990s, but he allegedly dodged jail time because he was mentally unfit to stand trial, the South African news station eNCA reported Friday.

The station found that Jantjie, 34, who has a long history of mental illness, has been arrested on suspicion of rape, theft, housebreaking and malicious damage to property. His most recent collar was in 2003, when he faced murder, attempted murder and kidnapping charges, the news station reported.

Jantjie was acquitted on the rape charge in 1994, but was eventually convicted of theft and sentenced to three years in prison. However, the news station said it was unclear if the man ever spent any time behind bars. […]

Read more here and at FoxNews here.

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