'Fake' interpreter investigated for fraud

2013-12-13 11:40
The interpreter gesticulating at the Nelson Mandela memorial. (YouTube)

The interpreter gesticulating at the Nelson Mandela memorial. (YouTube)

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Cape Town – Controversial sign language interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie who used incorrect sign language at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela was reportedly being investigated after he defrauded the justice department of over R1m and held a colleague hostage with a brick.

Eyewitness News said on Friday that the case against Jantjie, had however, fallen apart after the main witness was suspended and the investigating officer threatened.

According to the report, Jantjie allegedly submitted fraudulent travel invoices in which he claimed over a R1m for daily trips he never made from Nelspruit to Johannesburg in a BMW he didn't own, and for accommodation he never used.

Jantjie was metres away from the likes of President Jacob Zuma, US President Barack Obama, Cuban President Raul Castro, and Mandela's widow Graça Machel during proceedings at Mandela's memorial at FNB Stadium, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday.

It has been reported that Jantjie suffered a schizophrenic episode during the memorial and also that he  uses medication for disease.

He has since apologised for his actions.

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