Jantjie aims to cash in on YouTube

2014-05-09 00:00

INTERNET celebrity and Nelson Mandela memorial service sign language interpreter, Thamsanqa Jantjie, has made a comeback.

Capitalising on the infamy he earned after signing at the memorial service on December 10 last year, at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, Jantjie is now appearing in a YouTube video promoting a video-sharing app.

In the 78-second video, Jantjie appears to apologise to South Africans and then proceeds to say, “believe me I am a real sign language interpreter”. This is followed by him signing with a computer-generated voice verbalising his signs.

The video received mixed reactions with some calling it insulting and others who found him amusing.

Jantjie received a lashing from various organisations both nationally and internationally, spawning Internet memes and parody videos after he incorrectly interpreted speeches delivered by various international dignitaries and politicians, including U.S. President Barrack Obama. He later blamed his incorrect signing on a schizophrenic episode.

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