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Old 12-12-2013, 10:57 AM   #1
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JOHANNESBURG — The man accused of faking sign-language while standing alongside world leaders like President Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service said Thursday he saw “angels” at the event, has been violent in the past and suffers from schizophrenia.

Thamsanqa Jantjie said in a 45-minute interview with The Associated Press that his hallucinations began while he was interpreting and that he tried not to panic because there were “armed policemen around me.” He added that he was once hospitalized in a mental health facility for more than one year.

Jantjie, who stood gesticulating 3 feet from Obama and others who spoke at Tuesday’s ceremony that was broadcast around the world, insisted that he was doing proper sign-language interpretation of the speeches of world leaders. But he also apologized for his performance that has been dismissed by many sign-language experts as gibberish. “I would like to tell everybody that if I’ve offended anyone, please, forgive me,” Jantjie said in his concrete home in a low-income Johannesburg neighborhood. “But what I was doing, I was doing what I believe is my calling, I was doing what I believe makes a difference.” “What happened that day, I see angels come to the stadium … I start realizing that the problem is here. And the problem, I don’t know the attack of this problem, how will it comes. Sometimes I react violent on that place. Sometimes I will see things that chase me,” Jantjie said. “I was in a very difficult position,” he added. “And remember those people, the president and everyone, they were armed, there was armed police around me. If I start panicking I’ll start being a problem. I have to deal with this in a manner so that I mustn’t embarrass my country.” Asked how often he had become violent, he said “a lot” while declining to provide details.
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JOHANNESBURG — The man accused of faking sign-language while standing alongside world leaders like President Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service said Thursday he saw “angels” at the event, has been violent in the past and suffers from schizophrenia.

Thamsanqa Jantjie said in a 45-minute interview with The Associated Press that his hallucinations began while he was interpreting and that he tried not to panic because there were “armed policemen around me.” He added that he was once hospitalized in a mental health facility for more than one year.

Jantjie, who stood gesticulating 3 feet from Obama and others who spoke at Tuesday’s ceremony that was broadcast around the world, insisted that he was doing proper sign-language interpretation of the speeches of world leaders. But he also apologized for his performance that has been dismissed by many sign-language experts as gibberish. “I would like to tell everybody that if I’ve offended anyone, please, forgive me,” Jantjie said in his concrete home in a low-income Johannesburg neighborhood. “But what I was doing, I was doing what I believe is my calling, I was doing what I believe makes a difference.” “What happened that day, I see angels come to the stadium … I start realizing that the problem is here. And the problem, I don’t know the attack of this problem, how will it comes. Sometimes I react violent on that place. Sometimes I will see things that chase me,” Jantjie said. “I was in a very difficult position,” he added. “And remember those people, the president and everyone, they were armed, there was armed police around me. If I start panicking I’ll start being a problem. I have to deal with this in a manner so that I mustn’t embarrass my country.” Asked how often he had become violent, he said “a lot” while declining to provide details.
So he's not a fraud after all, just a schizophrenic with violent tendencies. What a relief.
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:52 AM   #3
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:59 AM   #4
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I don't care what anybody says, this guy has a large pair and they are made of brass.
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I'm glad he was on the same podium as the world's leaders, dignitaries, and presidents. Definitely amazing security there. Too bad he didn't have a complete, full-blown mental breakdown on the spot
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I'm glad he was on the same podium as the world's leaders, dignitaries, and presidents. Definitely amazing security there. Too bad he didn't have a complete, full-blown mental breakdown on the spot
The funny thing is, I doubt he was even the craziest person on stage that day.
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Imagine if he went apt shyt on stage...tried to strangle or even shoot a world leader. Just amazing how lax security apparently was.
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so were the speakers
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Old 12-12-2013, 01:21 PM   #9
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Imagine if he went apt shyt on stage...tried to strangle or even shoot a world leader. Just amazing how lax security apparently was.
...yeah....THAT is what we're all saddened by.

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Mental illness isn't anything to joke around about. Can't be helped and gross under managed.
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I doubt the mental illness defense. Sounds to me like an excuse.

I found the episode mildly amusing. However, the security aspect is nothing to sneeze at.

The secret service's response was pathetic. Basically, they said 'It's not our job.' to vet the signer. Technically correct but they have a duty to vet anyone physically close to the prez.
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Just can't believe that nobody asked any questions. Did he just get up and start signing? Everybody just assumed that somebody else knew who he was? The whole thing is crazy!
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Hey...He IS legit.
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He should have had fun with it... Did the Macarena, YMCA, and Gangham Style... I would have watched.
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Secret Service must be out hunting international poon again. Can't wait to see what SNL does with this.
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Cool guys, lets make fun of someone with mental disabilities. Real stand up people in here. Class at its best.
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Cool guys, lets make fun of someone with mental disabilities. Real stand up people in here. Class at its best.
Neal, don't think you understand our intent. The interpreter isn't the butt of our jokes; the clowns were all those 'expert' security forces who allowed this to happen.
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Neal, don't think you understand our intent. The interpreter isn't the butt of our jokes; the clowns were all those 'expert' security forces who allowed this to happen.
I know yours is but definitely not everyone. Hell, look at the thread name.
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