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Fake interpreter at Mandela funeral was accused of murder years ago

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The man who is accused of posing as a sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's funeral four days ago, was a murder suspect about ten years ago, according to ABC News, Dec. 13, 2013. The accused fake interpreter, Thamsanqa Jantjie, also is a confirmed schizophrenic with violent tendencies, according to the story that first was released to the press by eNCA TV, a national television station in South Africa.

What remains a mystery is how a known mental patient with violent tendencies was allowed to pose on a stage within a few feet of President Obama and several other world leaders. A South African government spokesperson, Phumla Williams, has promised to investigate this matter and not "sweep it under the carpet." Williams promised not to release any details from the investigation until it is complete.

Jantjie was discovered and arrested at a makeshift bar run by his cousin on the outskirts of Soweto, South Africa on Friday by his concrete house that is near an illegal dump and goat grazing area. When Jantjie was questioned about the allegations against him, he apparently turned away without muttering a word.

AP has revealed that Jantjie had told them that he had a violent past and that he believed that angels were descending into the stadium. The AP also reported that Jantjie apologized for his actions but indicated that his interpreting is "the best in the world," even though he reportedly could not sign "Mandel" or "Thank you." This causes one to wonder if Jantjie can sign the words, "I am sorry," and "Please forgive me."

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