‘Fake’ interpreter: If I go to Sterkfontein, government will shut my mouth

2013-12-13 08:46

The South African police have attempted to take “fake” sign language interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie to Johannesburg mental hospital Sterkfontein.

Jantjie was in the middle of a television interview when police arrived at his Soweto home with a letter demanding he go with them to Sterkfontein yesterday. A clearly agitated Jantjie refused, saying he couldn’t leave as he had to repair his shattered reputation. During the confrontation Jantjie shouted: “If I go now to Sterkfontein, I am destroyed for the rest of my life. Because now the government will get the right opportunity of shutting my mouth. I must clear my name.” Read: ‘Fake’ interpreter: I am a champion of sign language Eventually police gave up and left empty-handed. They refused to comment on who had sent them there and if they would return.

Jantjie has admitted he previously spent a year in Sterkfontein.


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