Jantjie: I'm a great fake

2013-12-27 14:00

Johannesburg - 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 re-admitted last week.

Jantjie's lack of interpreting skills at former president Mandela's memorial service at the FNB Stadium on 10 December caused global amusement, outrage among the deaf community, and concern at how he came to be within touching distance of world leaders like US President Barack Obama.

He admitted afterwards that he was receiving treatment for schizophrenia and was a patient at Sterkfontein.

Jantjie had reportedly been scheduled to go for a check-up at the hospital on the same day as the memorial, but missed his appointment.

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 to not distribute the video, saying "this clip can go somewhere". The men assure him the clip will not be distributed and he continues speaking to them.

Jantjie goes on to say that he is an advocate for people with disabilities, saying the needs of the disabled should be catered for.

"Today I am here... Our people are outside there not having wheelchairs. There was no anyone with 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.

Jantjie has also "interpreted" at the ANC's national conference in Mangaung in December 2012.

The African National Congress has distanced itself from him, claiming it was a service provider who hired him.

Jantjie however, was employed by a company owned by the ANC's religious and traditional affairs desk head Bantubahle Xozwa. Xozwa told the Sunday Times recently that Jantjie was employed as an administrator and facilitator in his company, South African Interpreters.

"Thamsanqa is not an interpreter," Xozwa was quoted as saying.

He said Jantjie acted in his own capacity when interpreting at the memorial service.

Besides his mental health problems, Jantjie has admitted to being part of a group who burnt two people to death in 2003.

"It was a community thing, what you call mob justice, and I was also there," Jantjie was quoted as saying.

He and several others faced murder, attempted murder, and kidnapping charges. Charges against him were dropped because he was found to be mentally unfit to stand trial.

  • Margaret Janse van Vuuren - 2013-12-27 14:07

    Buckle up and enjoy the ride ........

      Erich Goosen - 2013-12-28 11:31

      Great fake appointed by great idiots.

  • Attie Gerber - 2013-12-27 14:07

    he is a fake like to the anc

  • givenvon.baloyi - 2013-12-27 14:09

    This guy is really good at what he does, pity he got busted at the end

      JMaree - 2013-12-27 19:21

      @siya, because the death community said his not signing, you don't follow the news do you?

      Xavier7034 - 2013-12-27 20:43

      JMaree.....really the DEATH Community? Ha ha haha

      Blanco Ntini - 2013-12-27 23:14

      @ JMaree: Working the Graveyard Shift for the Death Community? :)

      Tol Smith - 2013-12-28 10:00

      Guys don't tease JMaree....he is a medium

      Bonisile Clive Mgidi - 2013-12-28 12:41

      LMAo! The death community!

  • sydwell.somashini - 2013-12-27 14:11


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  • Mntungwa KaNdlovu Wamntungwa - 2013-12-27 14:14

    It is a free for all! Who will stop this looting?

  • Obed Gomez - 2013-12-27 14:15

    I'm sick and tired reading about this guy, waste of my megabytes.

      dan.butler.7967 - 2013-12-27 14:52

      Nobody forced you to read it!

  • Perold Kotze - 2013-12-27 14:18

    What a circus!!!!

      Perold Kotze - 2013-12-27 14:34

      World is laughing at us. SA must be the best comedy material.

  • James Smythe - 2013-12-27 14:20

    This madman is symptomatic of all that is wrong with the ANC! Time for them to go. "You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately... Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!" Oliver Cromwell April 1653

      Blanco Ntini - 2013-12-27 23:39

      @ James: "Please sir, I want some more" Oliver Twist 2013. Was Cromwell executed before or after death? English justice?

      Mike Bundy - 2013-12-28 08:51

      @Blanco: Eh?

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-12-27 14:25

    Someone should investigate who paid him - that would answer the question of who hired him.

      John Lubisi John - 2013-12-27 14:34


  • John Lubisi John - 2013-12-27 14:26

    banana republic

      Richard Stockenström - 2013-12-27 23:06

      Do you know what a banana republic is?

      Blanco Ntini - 2013-12-27 23:20

      @ Richard the Quizmaster: Banana Republic = Country of Paw Paws

  • Yvonne du Preez - 2013-12-27 14:40

    PROUDLY brought to you by the ANC

  • Dirk Engelbrecht - 2013-12-27 14:49

    I want to be the interpreter at Zuma's funeral... Doesn't matter what I say with my hands...everyone will know that he's a D*OS...

      Allan Fitz Gerald - 2013-12-28 16:20

      Dirk, No, a Kraal Utilising Nomadic the CAPS

  • rory - 2013-12-27 14:52

    The anc distance themselves from this guy, it was also a service provider that employed him, is it not amazing yet again when the anc blunders someone else is always to blame and then the clowns put on the circus act with their ridiculous explanations as to why and how, useless bunch, and they are running a country!

  • Bangizwe Maphikelela - 2013-12-27 14:55

    yes he is

  • Neo Joshua - 2013-12-27 15:00

    Yes, an apple don't fall away from the tree.

  • Putco Lebepe - 2013-12-27 15:00

    We have a Fake interpreter and fake government...

  • Rhoda Shezi - 2013-12-27 15:10

    No comment!

  • Andile Zondi - 2013-12-27 15:31

    If there are people who still believe that the ANC is taking us to the right direction they should get their head examined.The zuma government has no policy for economic growth and unemployent into the fifth year of its has a policy for self did a senior ANC official get a government tender to supply an interpreter?ANC supporters are the ones that are destroying this country.

      Winifred Watson - 2013-12-27 17:19

      The longer Zuma stays in power the bigger problem we will have of ridding ourselves of him. He will pave his way forward just like Mug-garbage. Nobody has seen that yet. He is buying people to stick by him big time and cleverly placing his foot soldiers in key positions, If Zuma does not go now, we are a failed nation.

      Magauta Abi Pheelwane - 2013-12-28 07:46

      I get u Andile but what's there to vote except ANC(not Zuma)? Hellen Zille? JuJu Baby? Lekota & Shilowa? Ramphele??

      Andile Zondi - 2013-12-28 09:11

      @Magauta give other parties a chance.for this country to be a success,we do not need one powerful party,they must govern in is more difficult to steal when you are in power with your enemies.

  • Simon Rabubi PhoracousinyajuliusMalema - 2013-12-27 15:32

    can we remove zumaanc plz ,les vote 4 agangsA and after five zuma term is finesh as madiba anc president nd we can vote anc .

      Nonhlanhla Mhlongo - 2013-12-29 17:12

      yes indeed! Agang it is!

  • Themba Wa Ka Mfundzi - 2013-12-27 15:37

    and fake president

      Blanco Ntini - 2013-12-27 23:59

      @ Themba: If you vote FF+, Tyrone will share his Higher Grade Apartheid provided schooling and you can join White March aka Red October for free(Small Print: Only as an associate member)

  • Verity Fourie - 2013-12-27 15:53

    To think this man will probably get away scot free.

  • Michel Konings - 2013-12-27 15:55

    Well done Thamsaqa Jantie, you beat the governernement and its system, they were not able to discover your fake. What6 about more serious state matters??

  • Richard Smeda - 2013-12-27 16:21

    A fake or a cheat?How did he get an interview in the first place for this position or was he just pushed through by some ANC friend and has he paid back the money he was obviously paid or has this also been written off. The person who appointed this skelm should be fired. No end to their corruption.

  • PG Thaba - 2013-12-27 16:25

    no comment, thank you

      Ding Bat - 2013-12-27 18:44

      Thank you for not commenting

  • Stephen AndKathy Whiteley - 2013-12-27 16:29

    It sort of overpowers you, doesn't it? Stephen

  • Dehlia Fredericks - 2013-12-27 16:43

    I've wondered hw some people in the anc minds work, hell bells its way scary! please, we nt all ignorant! majority rules!

  • Langa Kapueja - 2013-12-27 17:02

    this chomp is relentless, seriously and news24 can't get enough of the mad mime. I trully think Jantjie's escapades will one day make a great adventure story.

      Rodger Synclair - 2013-12-27 20:29

      Let's develop a story line... Fake interpreter bust with fake e-Tag... Fake interpreter investigated Nkandla... Oeps. I just got writers block. Any ideas.

  • Moni Morena - 2013-12-27 17:16

    Send this freak to prison.He is so proud of disgracing our beloved country infront of milllions of ppl.

  • Rob Tubbs - 2013-12-27 17:29

    His 15 minutes of 'fame' - South Africa's shame. Just another 'clown' in the Circus Ring.....

  • Nokwanda Mfundisi Skwash - 2013-12-27 18:16

    Please can you take Tamsanqa to jail, he is killer and he is mad also

      Nothabo Sinxoto - 2013-12-27 21:08

      He's a psychotic remember & he's on treatment he cannot be jailed as he is not accountable for his actions,but he ca be admited in psychot hospital

  • Difa Mashwama - 2013-12-27 18:20

    if it is true that he faked it deliberatly with an intention of discrediting the goverment of the ANC , he is going to pay for that. You don't mess up with the ANC and you get away with that , he better ask Malema, boeremag, terreblanche etc.

      Freddy van Wijk - 2013-12-29 12:58

      Your comment treats the ANC as "royal game".

  • Patrick Mabilu - 2013-12-27 18:28

    This guy is a real news maker of the year

  • Ethan Moloi - 2013-12-27 18:36

    And am a Bad Real.

      Rocky Bell - 2013-12-28 04:26


  • Danny Letsholo - 2013-12-27 19:41

    He is 15 minutes fame lol

  • Bradley Sparg - 2013-12-27 19:42

    Haha I supose this idiot qualifies to work fdor the government now full time

  • Hla Kml - 2013-12-27 20:24

    Kolobenyana #EFF really? wat cn those idiots do for the nation? Juju as president i dnt c tht legacy Madiba bng kept. thts the most racist party i have ever seen...

  • Jon Low - 2013-12-27 20:40

    "Jantjie however, was employed by a company owned by the ANC's religious and traditional affairs desk head Bantubahle Xozwa. Xozwa told the Sunday Times recently that Jantjie was employed as an administrator and facilitator in his company, South African Interpreters." What does he administer and facilitate?

      Sakhiwo - 2013-12-28 10:31

      What is jantjie administering & facillitating?The guy is mentally sick

  • Percy Zethi D - 2013-12-27 21:33

    somethings are'nt being said here

      Blanco Ntini - 2013-12-28 00:09

      Sign it then!

      Tol Smith - 2013-12-28 12:55

      Haha Blanco very sharp, nice one

  • Truth.speak - 2013-12-27 21:48

    You are a fake yes, just like our useless ANC government that hired you but refuses to accept so

  • Sivuyise Ntombi Radasi - 2013-12-27 21:57

    This Thamsanqa Jantjie guy though... A must read..

  • Ria Cook - 2013-12-27 22:07

    At last - the truth!

  • Lindokuhle Mhlongo - 2013-12-27 22:11

    our govt is fast & good. fast asleep & good for nothing.

  • Christo Boshoff - 2013-12-28 06:29

    a Fake is a Fake and that's all he will every be!

  • John Lebitso - 2013-12-28 07:02

    Fake people,fake government n fake rainbow nation

  • Tshepo Nyoni - 2013-12-28 07:20

    janties is mad. now what do u make of his employers? tshepo nyoni

  • Anele Booi - 2013-12-28 08:55

    I'll vote for anc, ds thing was nt employed by us, zuma we are behind you my presIdent

      Eben Van Derr Merwe - 2013-12-28 12:19 a pet dog desperately wanting attention!!!!!!

      Shiraz Mohideen - 2013-12-28 14:19

      U have to be joking anele! This deaf con aside, are you ok being led by zuma? other countries have expectations of their leaders, we clearly don't expect much, not even high school.

      Anele Booi - 2013-12-28 22:03

      Who elsE cn lead us

  • Eddie Louw - 2013-12-28 09:22

    Don't worry Jantjie there are many like you on the payroll we see them every day they are called state employees. Apply again i'm sure you will get your job back - Good Luck

  • Chris Bester - 2013-12-28 11:33

    Nothing new from an ANC employee... Please tell us something that we don't know... Pretty please!!

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-12-28 12:18

    Typical ANC guy then?.