The fake South African signer Thamsanqa Jantijie who got up on stage at the Nelson Mandela memorial service on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 and proceeded to sign in a series of “gibberish” statements, reportedly has long rap sheet of offenses for which he has been charged.
Jantijie, 34, is apparently being treated for schizophrenia and walked off an attempt at his arrest despite the long arrest record, leaving police officers laughing as he did so. What does that say about the local police who failed to apprehend him?
Among the many charges that have been filed against Jantijie are rape in 1994, theft in 1995, housebreaking in 1997, malicious damage to property in 1998, murder, attempted murder and kidnapping in 2003.
With a long arrest record, who says he may not have carried a weapon with him on stage and attacked someone? Jantijie is also said to have a very violent personality and gets provoked easily, often losing his temper.
Thamsanqa Jantijie says at the time he was hired to cover the world-televised event, he worked for SA Interpreters, an organization that offers sign language interpreters but apparently does not conduct background checks.
Whoever hired him to interpret at the memorial service obviously did not vet him prior to his appearing on stage to cover what friends, family and dignitaries including U.S. President Barack Obama were saying as they eulogized Mandela.
More importantly, what is a convicted murderer and apparently mentally ill psychopath doing on the loose? Apparently, he's mixing it up with politicians and getting world publicity, hogging all the limelight while Mandela awaits burial…