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'Fake' interpreter employed by ANC man

2013-12-15 21:31

Johannesburg - The bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial service was employed by a company owned by the ANC's religious and traditional affairs desk head Bantubahle Xozwa, the Sunday Times reported.

Xozwa told the paper that Thamsanqa 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 was disqualified years ago on the basis of his health. He was interpreting at the memorial service in his personal capacity."

Jantjie had a history of mental problems.

"I am a patient of Sterkfontein. I was discharged and started working after being medicated and monitored by doctors," Jantjie told the Sunday Times. He was referring to the Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital in Krugersdorp.

He told the newspaper he was part of a group who burnt to death two people 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 later dropped because he was found to be mentally unfit to stand trial.

Deputy Minister of Women, Children and the Disabled Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu told the Sunday Times her department was looking into the matter as Jantjie had been accredited and was granted access to the VIP stage.

"There's no way you can just rock up and stand next to a president. Somebody, somewhere is lying," she told the paper.

On Wednesday, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said the government would investigate claims that Jantjie did not use intelligible sign language.

After the memorial at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Tuesday, Jantjie told various media outlets he had suffered a schizophrenic episode in which he had seen angels, and that he had panicked when he realised he was surrounded by armed police.

Comments
  • Sipho Gift - 2013-12-15 22:00

    I can't wait 2 watch this commedy as it unfold I wanna hear the main defender mthembu what is he going 2 say now @least mac wil able 2 sleep coz this one is not his baby 2 take care of it

      Apostle Ncakeni - 2013-12-15 23:08

      I guess that Mthembu and the fake interpreter are Sterkfontein mates

      RabbleRouser - 2013-12-16 21:29

      I am currently in the USA. The news channels here are asking big questions. The main point that is being raised is how the South African government could compromise security in this way. Particularly on how he was in close proximity to major world leaders given the dubious and criminal background of Jantjie. Plus that fact that he conceded that he suffers from schizophrenia. The SA government will have some tough questions to answer to the USA, Brazil, China, the UN and Cuba regarding the security breach in using Jantjie's services. Doesn't the SA government screen the people and verify their credential before using them for important events?

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2013-12-16 22:33

      You're right Sipho! It's like a really interesting soap-opera, but the more it twists and turns the more outrageous the story gets! The bugger was involved in BURNING PEOPLE TO DEATH? And someone thinks it's ok for him to be up there with world leaders (personally that makes me feel a bit better about him interpreting at ANC functions though)..

      Jo Barton - 2013-12-17 07:47

      Somebody hired him and he passed all security checks. That is what we what clarified.

      Ngwato Wa Ga Monakedi - 2013-12-17 10:01

      obvious, is zanc as always the case. They are so corrupt to an extend that they will employer killer to kill themselves, ...disgrace.

      RabbleRouser - 2013-12-17 11:32

      @Kenny Williams. You points are perfectly valid and I agree. I was presenting the questions from the perspective of how they pose the questions in the USA. They don't tolerate politicians like Zuma and his ilk amongst their electorate. But in South Africa it's all based on populism. We have a very immature voting population.

      Leon Moodley - 2013-12-17 20:19

      RabbleRouser, well most South Africans accept that this is just another mess-up by the ruling party but what amazes me is the thought process of Americans. If this man was such a menace WHY didn't the CIA know this before they compromised the security of the most powerful leader in the world. Thats a joke.

  • Thato Tee Phahlamohlaka - 2013-12-15 22:06

    I knew it, can't wait for Jackson Mthembu's comment

      Ngwato Wa Ga Monakedi - 2013-12-17 10:01

      obvious, is zanc as always the case. They are so corrupt to an extend that they will employer killer to kill themselves, ...disgrace.

  • Robert Thomas - 2013-12-15 22:17

    Lekker man,lekker.....get on the gravy train one last round. Farking idiots,skelms! Xoxoxox the

  • Motlatsi Matuka - 2013-12-15 22:18

    Mediocrity,corruption,lying,denial,stupidity,mischief of de highest oda=current ANC

      Konstabel Koekemoer - 2013-12-17 09:54

      Zuma has destoyed the ANC and has made South Africa the laughing stock of the world. As long as we have a corrupt and incompetent president in charge SA will just sink further. We need to get rid of Zuma and Co to save the country.

  • Esrol Hendricks - 2013-12-15 22:24

    Can't wait for Jameson Mthembu's spin on this one!

      Jenny Nel - 2013-12-16 19:48

      He'll probably blame it on a "third force" or someone with a "hidden agenda" ...... never let it be placed on record that the anc takes responsibility for even one of its many, many spectacular failures. This one will be no different. Its a shame for the hearing impaired. I hope they were able to follow the signer at the funeral. The memorial service was a total blank for them.

      Ngwato Wa Ga Monakedi - 2013-12-17 10:01

      obvious, is zanc as always the case. They are so corrupt to an extend that they will employer killer to kill themselves, ...disgrace.

      ChrisHolloway - 2013-12-17 15:31

      Denial.... he won't even admit that Madiba is dead...

  • Nhlanhla Talent Nyoni - 2013-12-15 22:24

    What's the bounty on this guy?

  • Livo Naledi - 2013-12-15 22:25

    my my my......hahahahaaaaa.....

      Apostle Ncakeni - 2013-12-15 23:02

      @les: That is the quality of leadership provided by the ANC - an embarrassment

  • Muzi Myeni - 2013-12-15 22:26

    "In his personal capacity???????" What does ANC take us for? If Spin doctors have run out of excuses, let them keep quiet instead of issueing a CRAP statement like this!

      WildCatSal - 2013-12-15 22:53

      The "plain truth" would be nice, then a quick follow up, then immediate dismissle, then.. darn it, I'm dreaming again!

      Emeka Uwakwe - 2013-12-16 12:17

      pls can someone explain"personal capacity". Does it mean that this guy walked up the stage and started interpreting uninvited or his personal company employed him.

  • Verity Fourie - 2013-12-15 22:31

    Will the Mandela family slam this mockery as well?

      Jenny Nel - 2013-12-16 19:44

      No.

  • Trudi Roos Potter - 2013-12-15 23:12

    Just. Thank God that nobody was harmed or killed by this man. Like one of the other countries' presidents or prime ministers. It could have had a terrible consequence. We, as South Africans apologise to the deaf people.

  • Piletso Smith Takalo - 2013-12-15 23:19

    I am not shocked at all.The kinda things we are exposed to under the leadership of Zuma...

      WildCatSal - 2013-12-16 00:57

      Zuma is bringing SA to its knees and stealing directly from the poor masses and misusing our hard earned TAX money like his own private piggy bank and all his "chosen" cadres. Why do they fears this fraudster? Oust him asap and bring BACK Thabo Mbeki to try and fix up the f up. Wakey Wakey.. Before its waaaaay to late :(

      Mark Russell - 2013-12-16 11:02

      Bringing back Mbeki would also be a disaster - we are truly up sh*t creek - remember Zuma was unanimously elected President by the ANC - it is not the man we are shocked at; but the sentiment which elected him - the whole ANC must be held responsible for this thug.

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2013-12-16 22:39

      WildCatSal, instead of messing about with the ANC lets give the DA a chance to prove they can do better. If they can't THEN try someone new, or bring back Mbeki. We need a whole new approach, preferably with a political party who has to put their money where their mouth is.

  • Kathleen Djhoney Thompson - 2013-12-15 23:42

    This could have been an international incident, I would find this hilarious, what am I saying, I do find this funny!!! Only the ANC could nearly cause World War 3 through their stupidity

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2013-12-16 22:42

      It is funny Kathleen, especially how everyone (in the ANC) is sort of bumping into each other and making absurd comments like that song line.. "wasn't me!"

  • Thomas Kantha - 2013-12-16 01:15

    Mr. Jantjie belongs to an ANC man . That is is another ANC BEE that got stung. Do not shot the messenger. No more cover ups. Viva Madiba Viva

  • Adrianh - 2013-12-16 01:28

    Wha ha ha ha. .... Bananna republic

      Mary Hinge - 2013-12-16 13:34

      Complete with flies and rotten bananas !

  • Derek Jones - 2013-12-16 04:50

    Hey ANC can we have him on the news for a while as well?

  • Richard Young - 2013-12-16 04:53

    I recall reading that the government hired him. The ANC had nothing to do with it ?! Yet he interpreted at previous ANC events that were not government related and concerns were raised then, but the ANC ignored this. Surely the Government / ANC security cluster knew about this guy's history yet they still used him to interpret on international TV with the world watching and with world leaders attending. The ANC gives jobs to their friends and people within their circle, ignoring competence or qualifications.. I remember at school when Mbeki was president

      Jenny Nel - 2013-12-16 19:42

      The pitiful drivel about "schizophrenic episode" also falls flat because the footage of his previous government engagement shows him doing exactly the same thing: pretending to sign. There are several clip on u-tube that are hysterically funny, but it does leave us looking like fools.

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2013-12-16 22:47

      The scary thing Jenny, is that this dude got charges against him dropped for being part of horrible murders (burning people to death) by using the same claims of mental illness!

  • Richard Young - 2013-12-16 05:00

    When Mbeki was president I saw a poster with the entire cabinet of ministers on it. The majority of them, their highest qualification was "Attended High School" nothing further or even a mention of passing, only attendance.

  • Petros Yn - 2013-12-16 05:09

    So I am in Australia and my friends point out how embarrassing it is for my home country that the guy on stage is not qualified for the job at hand. All I could say was ..... yup I know and the sign language interpreter is rubbish too. A pathetic show in memory of a great man!

      Susan van Hemert - 2013-12-16 13:37

      Yes, and what must Barack Obama now think?

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2013-12-16 22:49

      "Ubuntu" Susan?

  • Solly Vander Tema - 2013-12-16 05:11

    That's how ZANC are is hard for them 2live without doing crime if is not crime is cheating

  • Lucky Phala - 2013-12-16 05:25

    Aowa wow.dats bad pple.

  • Sweis Jan Steenkamp - 2013-12-16 05:48

    That is what u get when voting ANC and just like the #ZumaBoo....!!!What a country to live in, where did u see people boo their pres. That's right keep voting ANC and this SA will go straight down the drain...

  • Lynne Barker - 2013-12-16 05:52

    employed at one of the ANC owned companies well well!! Someone with a history like this was granted access to the stage where Presidents were is unbelievable!

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2013-12-16 22:50

      Ya but look on the bright side Coda... he is also granted access to ANC functions!

  • Ron Samuels - 2013-12-16 06:13

    What is there to investigate? Was it not obvious to you clowns that he had no idea of what he was doing using 3 hand moves throughout all the speeches?

  • Sikelela Cibane - 2013-12-16 06:19

    Please people let move foward now......leave the mistakes of the yesterday where it belong in the dageons of hell.....money shouldn't be wasted in useless things....boorers,Jantjie they the past now Mandela's funeral was a success we all satisfied as South Africans.....it time to deal with current goverment unsolved issues now.

      Dawie Viljoen - 2013-12-16 12:49

      I wanna tell you... "Go talk that RUBBISH somewhere else". That guy represented us on a world stage. So officially we are ALL idiots! You wanna forget that also?

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2013-12-16 22:57

      Sikelela, this wasn't just a simple mistake, it was a horrible embarrassment for our whole country and the rest of the world won't just brush it off with a simple "oops" either. I agree that money shouldn't be wasted on useless things, like improvements to personal accommodation or murderous blue-light convoys but investigating a massive security breach in the most public event in the world is NOT a waste of money.

      Konstabel Koekemoer - 2013-12-17 10:02

      What people always remember the most are the scandals, so this has done a huge amount of damage to SA's image.

  • Busisiwe Mtsweni - 2013-12-16 07:17

    I am not suprised. That is more like ANC(ZANC).

  • sesom - 2013-12-16 07:23

    This Bantu [whatever], must pay back to the tax payers....

  • sayitasitis - 2013-12-16 07:40

    Well done to the ANC once more. Anything you touch or arrange is a disaster. Even your own loyal supporters are questioning your capabilities. The ANC is a joke and a embarrassment to South Africa. Even the song sung by the woman in the yellow dress was so out of tune.

  • Lizwilenkosi Gupta Mangena - 2013-12-16 07:40

    kkkkkk i lyk dis man obviously its da momeish of da year

  • Khuliso Mutsha - 2013-12-16 07:42

    Two things that must never be left unattended, Fake interpreter, and the booing incident,. Who so ever was responsible for services of that clown must be charged. About booing Government must never give people an opportunity of memorial servive in a stadium, there are people who cant behave and for that reason, people must watch proceeding via big screens, and only those well mannered and dignitaries must attend official memorial service. If people abuse and dont appreciate an opportunity, it must be taken away from them. Thats how life goes.

  • Pieter Van Der Lith - 2013-12-16 07:51

    The best part off it all is while we are reading this crap so is Obama as well. They will never trust us again. Such a security breach. The ANC keeps on messing up everywhere and the rest of the world is laughing. Just go and look how Botswana is being run and they are also run by blacks. That is the kind of black people I would rather work for then the ANC. Ha ha ha. I hope you see your ASS in the next election

  • Genet Joobs - 2013-12-16 07:54

    It isn't just that S.A. is the laughing stock of the world, but what of the heads of state of other countires, for example Obama, whose security has been severely compromised by this country. The mind boggles.

  • RonW - 2013-12-16 07:57

    He probably qualified on the basis that he had the shortest criminal record, there is no doubt he is ANC, all the credentials are there.

  • Freddy Konso - 2013-12-16 08:00

    thats really something not to laught at or about , the image of the whole state protocole departement is affected ... wish this will be avoid in future as the worst didnt took place!

  • Wade Wade - 2013-12-16 08:19

    Honestly, sad for the deaf. How can we take them seriously?

      Alex Claassen - 2013-12-16 09:14

      ZUMA's motto-If you can Fake it- You can MAKE It-for all goverment posts.They are all meme-ing being leaders. His answer-to Booing will be to enact new law --Any person(s) found to be undermineing stature of President ,will be guilty of punishable offence,that will be no less than 10 years in jail,or doing R100 milj upgrade to Nkandla,OR BOTH.

  • Thembinkosi Ndaba - 2013-12-16 08:20

    with the anc,whats new?

  • michele.a.bentley - 2013-12-16 08:23

    More lies and cover ups. How typically ANC.

  • Johan Steyn - 2013-12-16 08:35

    This can only happen in SA where stuff like this are arranged by idiots now people ask why we are a joke for the rest of the world.

  • Mike Viljon - 2013-12-16 08:55

    If they are not competent to employ him, how could the investigate him?

  • Lwazi Ntombela - 2013-12-16 09:20

    Don't lie to us please,how possible is that.which means I can wakeup tomorrow and go to any department I want or Cancer offices and do any job I want no one will notice or know I'm not supposed to be there,but month end my bank is full.incompetent ne.le maka mane

  • Roger Plaatjies - 2013-12-16 10:03

    I told you so, the cANCer is responsable for the Fake Interpreter. Employed by the cANCer, who's head gonna roll now? Nobody, because it was a mistake and a learning experience for the cANCer. That's what they gonna tell the public. They will rather investigate people who were booing Zuma. Boooo to the Zuma government.

  • Robert Keene - 2013-12-16 10:17

    Just shows how crappy Obama's security preparations are? - "oh and by the way Mr Pres, we are going to have you standing right next to a sociopath and a psyco, but don't worry the ANC have cleared him!" PS if he shows you the middle finger, or as you guys call it "flips you the bird" please forgive him, he's still in training!

  • X Marx da Spot - 2013-12-16 10:18

    They were looking for someone who could do sign language. Up stepped the guy who worked for road works(the dude who waves the flag next to the road to warn motorist). I guess sign language is sign language. bwahahahaha!!!!

  • Tsumbe Makwai - 2013-12-16 10:18

    FAKE HEALTH STATUS. That is a scape gout of ANC we know.

  • Alex Claassen - 2013-12-16 10:41

    Don't be harsh on Jantjie,he didt chose himself to meme-he was doing exactly as most ministers and goverment officials- Getting paid to meme their jobs- in absence of any mental capability as personified in new Idiology of ZUMAISM.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-12-16 11:11

    Just another ANC screw up. Nothing new.

  • Alex Claassen - 2013-12-16 11:29

    Shabir Sheik-Declared terminally ill while chasing reporter on golfcoarse .fake interpreter-Mentally ill.Does it sound familiar? ANC should trow away their Books-“1001 Excuses For Idiots” .and “NO ACCOUNYABLITY MADE EASY“ ALSO “ FAKE IT AND YOU WILL MAKE IT“

  • Robert Matthey - 2013-12-16 11:33

    Sounds like claiming schizophrenia is a quick get out of jail card, I'm expecting a lot of Al Qaeda & Taliban fighters, do be diagnosed with this disease in the near future. "All this voices in my head were telling me to blow them up!"

  • Mynhard Herholdt - 2013-12-16 11:35

    The bigger scandal is how he passed security clearance.Heads should role.

      Dawie Viljoen - 2013-12-16 12:56

      How did the US allow that man on stage?? If they knew he had a mental problem they would not have let him come within 10 kms of the stadium. So who lied to who?

  • Nteboheng Mofephe - 2013-12-16 11:49

    nd why am i not suprised? some ppl are dirty shame.and dnt be foold Chabane dn JZ knew all abt this.siiiiiiiis!

  • Alex Claassen - 2013-12-16 11:57

    Bill Gates asked his son what big present he want for Chrimas.Son replied he want a BIG circus.Bill is now trying to buy the Zuma Goverment for his son