A South African sign language interpreter accused of making up his own signs during a memorial to Nelson Mandela has faced charges for murder, rape and kidnapping, it was claimed today.

Thamsanqa Jantjie, 34, stood just a few feet from from President Obama and others who spoke at Tuesday’s ceremony that was broadcast around the world.

South African news website eNCA reported that Mr Jantjie, who has schizophrenia, has faced charges for rape (1994), theft (1995), housebreaking (1997), malicious damage to property (1998), murder, attempted murder and kidnapping (2003) charges.

The website said it was unclear if the 2003 murder case was ever concluded as the court file was found to be empty during their investigations.

It also reported that many of the charges brought against him were dropped, allegedly because he was mentally unfit to stand trial.

Mr Jantjie was acquitted on the rape charge, but he was convicted of theft for which he was sentenced to three years in prison. The channel could not ascertain if he served the jail time.

MailOnline has contacted the NPA for a comment on the claims.

Mr Jantjie was today approached by a reporter for the Associated press who asked him about the criminal charges, but he refused to comment.

The news is a further embarrassment to South African officials at it was revealed that Mr Jantjie had faked sign language at the memorial event.

Yesterday Mr Jantjie revealed he may have suffered a schizophrenic episode on stage after claiming he saw ‘angels’ at the event.

He said that his hallucinations began while he was interpreting and that he tried not to panic because there were ‘armed policemen around me.’

He added that he was once hospitalized in a mental health facility for more than one year.

He said he worked for a company called SA Interpreters which had been hired by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) for Tuesday’s ceremony at Johannesburg’s 95,000-seat Soccer City stadium.

He said he was paid 85 dollars (£52) for interpreting the event.

But he also apologized for his performance that has been dismissed by many sign-language experts as gibberish.

‘I would like to tell everybody that if I’ve offended anyone, please, forgive me,’ Mr Jantjie said in his concrete home in a low-income Johannesburg neighborhood

‘But what I was doing, I was doing what I believe is my calling, I was doing what I believe makes a difference.’

‘What happened that day, I see angels come to the stadium . . . I start realizing that the problem is here. And the problem, I don’t know the attack of this problem, how will it comes. Sometimes I react violent on that place. Sometimes I will see things that chase me,’ Mr Jantjie said.

‘I was in a very difficult position,’ he added.

‘And remember those people, the president and everyone, they were armed, there was armed police around me. If I start panicking I’ll start being a problem. I have to deal with this in a manner so that I mustn’t embarrass my country.’

Asked how often he had become violent, he said ‘a lot’ while declining to provide details.

Mr Jantjie said he was due on the day of the ceremony to get a regular six-month mental health checkup to determine whether the medication he takes was working, whether it needed to be changed or whether he needed to be kept at a mental health facility for treatment.

He said he did not tell the company that contracted him for the event for about $85 that he was due for the checkup, but said the owner of SA Interpreters in Johannesburg was aware of his condition.

Jantjie said he received one year of sign language interpretation at a school in Cape Town, and insisted that he has previously interpreted at many events without anyone complaining.

The AP showed Jantjie video footage of him interpreting on stage at the Mandela memorial service.

‘I don’t remember any of this at all,’ he said.

Today a South African deputy Cabinet minister admitted ‘a mistake happened’ in hiring Mr Jantjie.

Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu said that government officials have tried to track down the company that provided Mr Jantjie but that the owners ‘have vanished into thin air.’

Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Bogopane-Zulu apologized to deaf people offended around the world by what they say was Jantjie’s incomprehensible signing.

She says an investigation is under way to determine how Jantjie received a security clearance.

South Africa’s leading deaf association had yesterday claimed he was a fake and said he was inventing signs.

However, in a radio interview Mr Jantjie said he was happy with his performance at the memorial to the anti-apartheid hero, who died a week ago aged 95.

He told Talk Radio 702: ‘Absolutely, absolutely. I think that I’ve been a champion of sign language.’

According to The Sun, Twitter users with sign language knowledge claimed the interpreter repeatedly used signs for ‘donkey’, ‘lightning bolt’ and ‘prawns’.

Eye Witness News meanwhile has reported trained sign language trainers said he also made reference to ‘rocking horses’.

Braam Jordaan, a deaf South African and board member of the World Deaf Federation, has said he believed the interpreter was making up signs as he went along.

The government, which was in charge of the mass memorial, has said it did not know who he was.

The ANC has also denied knowing about him although footage from two large ANC events last year showed him signing on stage next to President Jacob Zuma.

The controversy has come during South Africa’s 10-day farewell to Mandela, whose remains were lying in state for a second day today at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where he was sworn in as the nation’s first black president in 1994.

The death of Nobel peace laureate Mandela triggered an outpouring of grief and emotion–as well as celebration and thanksgiving–among his 53 million countrymen and millions more around the world.

His body will lay in state for a third day tomorrow before being flown to the Eastern Cape, where he will be buried on Sunday at his ancestral home in Qunu, 450 miles south of Johannesburg.

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  • It’s called “failing upward.”

    It’s the African way.

    • CoweringCoward

      A variant of the “Peter Principle”, we all rise to our respective levels of incompetence. With Blacks there obviously are NO LIMITS!

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  • David Ashton

    Only ONE lunatic with fantasies at the event?

    • Spartacus

      Everybody there looked pretty retarded to me.

    • CoweringCoward

      Don’t forget Barry S was there too right?

  • Whitetrashgang

    This guy should be made mayor of Detroit at the very least. Also maybe the Republican candidate for President. Therefore killing two birds with one stone.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      And give him a Nobel Peace or Something Prize!

      • Whitetrashgang

        Well there is no doubt he has earned one, plus I would really like to see the acceptance speech.

  • borogirl54

    I wonder if he actually knew sign language? I saw on tv a snippet of a sign language interpreter on television and what he was signing was very different from what this interpreter was signing.

  • Ragehol .

    Could you say he’s a…

    Dark sign of the times?

  • Spartacus

    “Thamsanqa Jantjie, 34, stood just a few feet from from President Obama
    and others who spoke at Tuesday’s ceremony that was broadcast around the


    Anyone getting any ideas ?

  • Hire a 75 IQ signer, get 75 IQs worth of signs.
    He was there because he was black and said he could sign.

  • bigone4u

    Laughing my you know what off. The fake signer, the POTUS lusting after a beautiful blonde, the angry FLOTUS, the half-empty stadium–its exactly what anyone with half a brain expects of blacks. CHAOS! Hilarious chaos.

    • Max Krakah

      Just imagine what would have happened if someone threw a pair of air jordan sneakers into the mix!

  • 48224

    This nut had apparently done fake signing previously for African diplomats. I think the 200 pound guerilla in the room that no one is mentioning is….nobody even realized this guy was a fake until Western Civilization started watching this guy sign and said….WTF. This is actually pretty darn funny to me.

    • IstvanIN

      I think the 200 pound guerilla in the room that no one is mentioning is….Michelle?

    • Triarius

      Blacks learn by mimicking. All it was was a parlor trick. He thought if he waved his hands around like he saw on tv, his job would be complete and probably had no idea that these were supposed to be complete sentences. I have seen blacks do this in school and work.

      • T_Losan

        it’s like when they wear suits and talk on cellphones. They see succesful people doing this, so reason that doing so will make them successful too.

        • 48224

          I am in real estate in Detroit. The other day a came across a black woman, mother of 3 kids who was buying a $14,000 house in Detroit to live in (not an investment property). She was driving a $70,000 Jaguar. She said her car insurance was $600. PER MONTH. God as my witness, true story.
          I couldn’t help but laugh and feel sorry for her at the same time.

    • dd121

      I thought this was the funniest story in months. It perfectly encapsulates the human condition of negroness.

  • Strike_Team

    Has affirmative action reached the point that its beneficiaries are now checking each and every person who be in close contact with the President? LOL

    Imagine the howls if this “signing” minstrel show had been put on by a white fraudster.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Bet those in the Secret Service charged with Obama’s safety are going to pay for this….unlike the incompetents in his cabinet who are never fired or disciplined, watch for the uproar and changes in the President’s security detail.

    • Rhialto

      It depends on how much danger your president was actually in. Anyone standing that close to your president would be unarmed and under constant surveillance by the super effective presidential security types. Any strange move by Thamsanqa Jantjie would have resulted in Thamy being immobilized before he could injure your president. I know for a fact that, the security people train for these situations.

      • IstvanIN

        Well, you dashed all our hopes.

    • Xerxes22

      It likely was a member of the Obama team who told the Secret Service to stand down (probably Valarie Jarrett). The South African government can do its own security. They don’t need us and doing it for them would only humiliate them and cause a racial uproar. That’s what probably happened.

  • Puggg

    From the Daily Caller website:

    South African ‘interpreter’ fake-signed anti-white song, also accused of murder

    The man who used jibberish sign language at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service also used incoherent hand gestures to sign a notorious anti-white song sung last year by current South African President Jacob Zuma.

    According to NBC News, Jantjie has worked two other gigs on behalf of the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s majority party. He was paid $85 per diem for his work at the memorial, NBC reported.

    One was an event where President Zuma led gatherers in “Kill the Boer,” an apartheid protest song that South African courts have ruled is hate speech.

    Boer is an Afrikaans word for farmer and is often used to refer to whites. Thousands of South Africa’s white farmers have been murdered since the end of apartheid. Some have called this a form of genocide and claim that the song provokes racial violence.

    Zuma and other ANC leaders have come under fire in the past for singing the song. The ANC largely defends the song as part of the history of its struggle against apartheid-era oppression.

    But the hearing-impaired would not have understood Jantjie’s interpretation of the violent song, which contains lyrics like “We going to shoot them with the machine gun” and “You are a Boer, we are going to hit them and you are going to run.”

    • “… used jibberish sign language at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service …”

      How can you say that? Obama understood him perfectly, correctly translating every word and thought that Jantjie signed. (Obama was using a mirror, not a teleprompter.)

  • Am I the only one who is delighted this foreign lunatic Groidistani fraud was able to share air time with our own lunatic Groidistani fraud – who is unable to speak in public without a teleprompter?

    • indoctrination_FAIL

      No, you’re not, Mr. Scott. I’m lovin’ it too. Hilarious, and so well deserved!

      • I like your screen name. I grew up in liberal Boulder, Colorado and got my bachelor’s degree in chemistry at very liberal UC Santa Cruz. In my own case, it must have been “Indoctrination – EPIC FAIL”. I’m glad I am not alone in either respect.

    • Shawn_thefemale

      Hardly – I’m ecstatic and still fighting fits of hysterical laughter at the thought of it. My only problem is figuring out who, of the authorities in charge and the high level politicians in attendance, ended up looking the most ridiculous that this twit pulled it off.

  • If you’re standing in a packed stadium in South Africa next to a black male South African, there’s a one in four chance that he’s a rapist.

    Don’t believe me? Google “South African rape survey shock”.

    • Moooochelle

      And that Zuma raped an HIV-positive woman back when it was untreatable. He testified that he knew she had HIV, but he said he took a shower afterwards to “wash it off”. African wins again!

      • Zuma is a father of ‘an estimated’ 20 children, to nine different woman, five of those being from his group of six wives, (one of whom Zuma paid 10x cows to acquire) and he still has the time(?..erh energy, drive, arrogance?) to be knowingly raping other HIV positive woman?

        An African leader to behold.

        I remember reading that one of his weddings was attended by 400-500 who were mainly family.
        I have two children, my parents had two children, my kids will probably have two children……..

        • Johnny99

          20 offspring to 9 women. He’s slacking. I think there’s some NBA playas got him beat. Even for an illiterate tribesman, I think he’s under the average.

    • CoweringCoward

      Don’t forget 9 out of 10 South Africans enjoy GANG RAPE!

  • Max Krakah

    This is hilarious. They did an episode of Arrested Development where Funke pretended to be deaf and did fake signs in front of a deaf tour. Who would have ever thought that this loser president would hire someone like that? I wonder if the “signer” had a teleprompter too.

    • Probably, but it wouldn’t have mattered, as the “signer” has to pretend to “read” as well.

      • Max Krakah

        typical “singger”, just rearrange those letters a bit.

        • Bantu_Education

          snigger, snigger…!

  • Max Krakah

    he was in C.O. mode, cat 1 or 2

  • Luca

    The POTUS is standing inches away from a schizophrenic African who sees angels, uses faked sign language, faced charges of rape, murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, theft, breaking and entering and malicious damage.

    Not even a comedian would dream of making this stuff up.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Probably one of his ‘folks’ or one of Eric Holders ‘people’.

  • Strike_Team

    One fraud, “Mr.” Jantjie, standing behind another fraud, Barry Soetoro, I mean Barry Obama.

  • AngloCelt

    Charged with rape in 1994, at approximately the age of 15. Everything you need to know about the new South Africa right there.

  • sbuffalonative

    Oh, how I wish he would have panicked with all those itchy trigger fingers nearby. He’d be worm food by now for sure.

    And imagine the collateral victims.

    • 1stworlder

      I think they are just trying to tease us now about him. Next we will hear he had a machine gun but didn’t use it.

      • CoweringCoward

        Don’t forget the C4 butt plug, that didn’t “go off”, so the SS gets some medals for that “success”.

    • CoweringCoward

      Thankfully the stadium was filled with many empty seats, then again…

  • sbuffalonative

    Two good things came out of this. We have photos of world leaders standing next to this guy and the media is no longer talking about Mandela.

    • Katherine McChesney

      It really got the media’s attention. They usually cover up black frauds.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Just another black failure.

    • Max Krakah

      just another black pretending to be a competent human

  • Johnny99

    A fraud, making things up as he goes along. Oh, wait, they meant the “interpreter”. What are the odds of having 2 of them on one stage at the same time?

  • Johnny99

    Maybe he was doing the african version of YMCA.

    • Kenner


  • He’s a cargo cult signer.

  • libertarian1234

    “Schizophrenic Fake Signer Who Stood Next to President Obama at Mandela Memorial ‘Was Once Charged with Murder and Was Sentenced to Three Years for Theft’

    Oh, they knew that at ANC headquarters and the black SA government. That’s why he was selected.

    It was in keeping with the norm.

  • John K

    In other words, he was in good company. Obama and his fellow thugs honoring a Marxist terrorist and “keeping it real”.

  • Ella

    What a resume! Only a Black man can be hired for a job next to a US Black Prez with those references.

  • Triarius

    I swear on my life the first time I read this story I said to myself, “I bet he’ll blame it on an evil wizard”.

    Apparently I was not far off.

  • BillMillerTime

    So Thamsanqa Jantjie waved his arms around meaninglessly in a performance “that has been dismissed by many sign-language experts as gibberish.” Considering all the gibberish that the major media are reporting about Nelson Mandela, I think that Mr. Jantjie’s performance art was right on target, and properly befitting the occasion..

  • Kit Ingoldby

    Gibberish was spoken, gibberish was interpreted by the translator.

    He should get a bonus and be used for all political gatherings.

  • Luca

    Let me see if I got this right; a schizophrenic African who sees angels, uses faked sign language, faced charges of rape, murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, theft, breaking and entering and malicious damage is standing inches from an American president who is rumored to be a bisexual, biracial, product of a liberal single mother who moved to Indonesia, attended a madras, smoked pot, snorted coke, had no executive experience, a faked birth certificate, dubious social security number, and was schooled by a radical communist, pornographer, pedophile negro in Hawaii.

    Now I ask you, is truth stranger than fiction or what? Can we possibly sink any lower as a nation?

    • Jackryanvb

      Smoking some MJ isn’t a serious crime as we’re facing world White genocide.

      And please, PLEASE give up on this ridiculous American Right Wing Conspiracy Theory Birth Certificate loons stuff, you’re not going to reverse the election of Obama twice to President on some loony, birth cert CT.

      Our European kinsmen are organizing, electing principled populist, nationalist parties, Russia is firmly back in our hands. In the USA, we still have same old, same old kooks, loners, paranoid conspiracy theoryloonswho still haven’t come to grips with the 1960s where some people smoked pot.


      • Luca

        Everything I said was true, none of it based on lunacy or theory. Too bad the entire post went over your head and you were only capable of cherry-picking certain points and then blew them totally out of proportion.

        What is pathetic is how an unqualified, radical, phony, lying mulatto could even become President when viewing his overall resume. Any one item in particular by itself is not a big deal. No one said MJ was a serious crime and the birth certificate he produced is a photoshop fake.

        I can’t reverse the election but I wish he would be impeached for his scandalous, incompetent, malicious performance.. I further wish more people believed the truth once they have been exposed to it.

    • I am sorry to say I know from personal experience that there is no situation so bad that it can not become worse.

      “Can we possibly sink lower as a nation?”

      The mind boggles, but to quote the 2008 campaign garbage: “Yes, we can”.

  • saxonsun

    This entire episode is a metaphor for what has happened to the world–utter gibberish.

  • Paleoconn

    One more satisfying moment for me from this Woodstock-wannabe wake. Speaking of the letter w, it pleases me to no end that semi-retarded race traitor and empty suit prez Dubya got roundly booed. Looks good on ya, Bushlet. Now I don’t ever want to see your stupid face again.

  • HamletsGhost

    Perfect example of the cargo-cult mindset that passes for thinking among Negroes. Whether it’s building an airfield out of bamboo planes, boasting worthless degrees to make themselves educated, or in this case, literally going through the motions to earn a few bucks, blacks can mimic, but cannot understand what they mimic. It’s just like watching children play at being grown-ups.
    And the whole world gets to watch this time.

  • FransSusan

    He’s a negro. What else should we expect!

  • “Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities”? Sounds like a position specially created for favored individuals.

  • I am 3/16 eastern woodlands Amerind, but President Oogabooga is just a n-word. He can be POTUS for another few years, but I wouldn’t trade places with him. In another few years, he’ll still be black, and I won’t.

  • marula

    President of the Host country who shook the Bamster’s hand and acts as leader of the “Rainbow nation” is a unconvicted rapist, recipient of billions in fraudulent kickbacks, sports a Grade 2 education and claims that any repercussions from occasional unprotected sex with any floozy availablecan be rectified by a hot shower. So, what’s a little schizophrenia to be concerned about?

  • Kenner

    If only….

  • Pelagian

    It. Doesnt. Get. Any. Better. Than. This:

    “Bogus Mandela interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie involved in ‘necklace’ killing of two men burned to death, friends say.” (just cut and paste headline and Google it to find article).

  • Johnny99

    If he was in the US, he might have gotten capped by a Crip for “throwing gang signs”.