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Fake interpreter murder: Rape, murder charges against Mandela’s fake interpreter

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The fake interpreter murder, rape, and kidnapping charges of the man who stood next to world leaders at Mandela’s memorial have mysteriously vanished. The news of the fake interpreter’s murder, rape, theft, housebreaking, and kidnapping charges spanning over more than 10 years is puzzling. Even more puzzling is the fact that the records of the charges have vanished. According to a Dec. 13, 2013, Associated Press report, when South Africa's government was asked about the murder charges of the fake interpreter, officials “were unable, or unwilling, to explain why a man who says he is schizophrenic with violent tendencies was allowed to get within arm's length of President Barack Obama and other world leaders.”

When asked about the fake interpreter’s murder and other charges, a spokesperson for South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority said that "I cannot confirm that the guy was charged, but I cannot deny it either. There are no records right now."

In 2003, the fake interpreter, Thamsanqa Jantjie, was reportedly one of three men involved in a murder, attempted murder and kidnapping case. The case was referred to the high court in Johannesburg in 2004, and finalized in November 2006.

However, the outcome of the murder charges against the fake interpreter is unknown because the court file for the case was found empty by reporters.

By tracing other court and police records, an investigation by eNCA (eNews Channel Africa) was able to show that the fake interpreter was convicted of theft in 1995, charged with housebreaking in 1997, charged with malicious damage to property in 1998, and charged with murder, attempted murder, and kidnapping in 2003.

When Thamsanqa Jantjie was just a few feet away from President Jacob Zuma, U.S. President Barack Obama, Cuban President Raul Castro, and other world leaders on Tuesday during Mandela's memorial at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, he later attributed his fake signing to his schizophrenia and seeing angels descending into the stadium – but it is puzzling as to what higher force allowed a man with such a criminal history to be among world leaders in the first place.

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