This story gets crazier and crazier by the day. The internet and deaf community was buzzing about the sign interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial. It was proven that Thamsanqa Jantjie signing at the memorial was fake and he confirmed that he was hallucinating.
Now here is the craziest new development of the interpreter’s story.
According to eNCA, Jantjie was charged with rape in 1994, theft in 1995, housebreaking in 1997, malicious damage to property in 1998, and murder, attempted murder, and kidnapping in 2003. Most of the charges were dropped after authorities ruled Jantjie mentally unfit to stand trial, and he was only convicted on the 1995 charge of theft, though it’s not clear how much, if any, jail time he served.
How did a man with such a terrible past get to stand next to our President and other world leaders?