Report: Mandela Memorial Interpreter Was Accused of Murder


The sign-language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, who sparked outrage when it was revealed his signing was fake, was also accused of murder in 2003, according to a new local news report.

Citing court documents, the Johannesburg-based news station eNCA reports that Thamsanqa Jantjie was charged with murder, attempted murder and kidnapping in 2003. He also faced rape and theft charges in 1994, housebreaking charges in 1997, and malicious damage to property charges in 1998, according to eNCA.Jantjie was acquitted on the rape charge, eNCA reports,  but many of the other charges against him were dropped, it’s unclear if he ever served time in prison, and the station reports the court file in one case is “mysteriously empty.” Jantjie hasn’t commented on the 2003 case.

Jantjie, who has said he is being treated for schizophrenia, told the Johannesburg Star that he began hearing voices during …

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