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The South African government has said it is investigating reports that the man acting as a sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial had previously faced a charge of murder.

Thamsanqa Jantjie, 34, said he was suffering from an episode of schizophrenia when he began hallucinating and signing “nonsense” during the four-hour ceremony.

His performance, which was condemned by the deaf community, attracted the attention of the world’s media.

However, allegations emerged which will raise serious questions about about the security at the Soweto stadium, and how he could have gotten so close to a number of world leaders, which included US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron.

South African broadcaster eNCA claimed that he had previously faced charges ranging from theft to rape and murder.

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Re: South Africa investigates Nelson Mandela interpreter 'murder charge'
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2013, 04:31:49 PM »
Maybe it is the novelist in me. But:

Who hired him? Getting an under medicated schizophrenic next to a group of world leaders could have been someone's jackpot.
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