Jantjie on video clip says he is ‘great fake’
THE BOGUS sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, Thamsanqa Jantjie, has called himself “a great fake”.
“Even if they call me a fake, but I am the great fake because I expose what is going on in the government and system,” Jantjie is heard saying in a video clip posted on social networking site Facebook.
In the clip he is seen addressing a group of men seated inside a car while he stands outside the open front passenger window. He is wearing a blue T-shirt with the word Sterkfontein on it (a psychiatric hospital in Krugersdorp, on Gauteng’s West Rand, to which he was reportedly readmitted last week).
Jantjie’s apparent lack of interpreting skills at Mandela’s memorial service at the FNB Stadium on December 10 caused global amusement, outrage among the deaf community, and concern at how he came to be within touching distance of world leaders such as US President Barack Obama.
He admitted afterwards that he was receiving treatment for schizophrenia, and was a patient at Sterkfontein.
He told various media outlets he suffered a schizophrenic episode during the event, and saw angels. He claimed he panicked when he realised he was surrounded by armed police.
In the clip Jantjie realises he is being filmed, and asks the men not to distribute the video, saying “this clip can go somewhere”.
The men assure him it won’t be distributed, and he goes on to say that he is an advocate for people with disabilities, and that the needs of the disabled should be catered for. “Today I am here… Our people are outside there not having wheelchairs. There was not anyone with a wheelchair there in that stadium while I was interpreting, and then you tell me I was wrong. Where was the right if I was wrong?” he asks. – Sapa
MEMORABILIA: Amina Manini sells Nelson Mandela T-shirts on the street opposite Madiba’s Houghton home. She volunteered to clean the street after the former statesman was laid to rest at his home in Qunu.