Fake Mandela Interpreter Also Gets Violent and Hallucinates a Lot

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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This is the African National Congress in a nutshell.

A man being criticized by sign language experts for providing fake interpretations while standing close to President Obama and other heads of state at Nelson Mandela’s memorial says he becomes violent “a lot” and was hallucinating during the event.

“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 come. Sometimes I get violent on that place. Sometimes I will see things chasing me,” Jantjie said in an interview with The Associated Press, describing his hallucinations.

“I was in a very difficult position,” he added. “And [I] 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 told The Associated Press “a lot” while declining to provide details. He also did not say which president he was referring to, but did apologize for his performance and admitted he was once hospitalized in a mental health facility for more than a year.

What does this have to do with his faking sign language? Nothing and everything. This is a part of the world where you can blame witches and assorted supernatural craziness for just about everything. In this case, there’s a combination of official craziness with hallucinations.

This sums up everything nicely. A fake interpreter for a fake event for a fake peaceloving leader and the whole thing is backed up by insanity.

  • edlancey

    Of course if he were to provide an example of his sign language expertise now then it might be a bit more credible, but I’m not holding my breath.

    No-one can look that much like Julius Malema without being a halfwit.

  • O’Paque

    Tell you what, hearing that makes the guy seem more sympathetic. Being schizophrenic is genetic, he didn’t choose to be that way. Underneath it all, he seems to want to be doing the right thing.

    But next to him is that freak Obama who *chooses* to be an amoral, psychopathic reverse-racist opportunist at every moment of his sick life.

  • Petertimber

    Ahem! and where were the Secret Service agents??? Didn’t they do a screening of people who are in such close proximity that they could commit violence on the President if they so chose???

    • DogmaelJones1

      It was a judgment call by the Secret Service, apparently. You can’t frisk a complete stranger, especially if he’s black, and not be accused of racism. And this was in South Africa, where a corrupt kleptomaniacal black government is in charge. Better to not raise a stink about the suspicious looking nut job.

      • Well Done

        Thanks, Dog, the heinous nature of the gov’t of S. Africa has been largely overlooked in all this. S. Africa has degenerated to the family/tribal loyalty pattern so common in much of the third world.

      • Petertimber

        Maybe the whole kit & Kaboodle (President, Loopy guy, secret service agents and those of South African security were all black then racism would not be the charge for anything save for what MSNBC could conjure up..!!

  • john spielman

    so he “hallucinates a lot and gets violent”, just who does he think he is,… THAT PSEUDO PROPHET OF OLD? MOHAMMED?

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    This is so bizarre. And it’s not the first time he’s signed jibberish.
    I won’t be surprised if he gets a reality show.

  • Biff Henderson

    Two incompetents vying for the limelight. The irony is only slightly surpassed in that if one where competent the deaf would have suffered in silence knowing the words of the other. They should count themselves blessed.

  • Guy Fromage

    Garbage In, Garbage Out

  • Berceuse

    It was fascinating watching that hallucinating, delusional fanatic up there on stage…and the guy doing the fake signing, too.