Since named as Thamsanqa Jantjie (sometimes spelled as Dyantyi), it seems that this guy did a pretend sign language job a year ago, for African National Congress (ANC) party parliamentary leader and South African president Jacob Zuma. (The article linked to below, is from the Stuff/Fairfax newspaper website).
ANC claims that it doesn’t even know who this guy is, but I cannot believe that he got issued a security pass without at least one piece of rigidly scrutinised photo-id. What I think this incident shows most of all is that corruption within the ANC is simply so pervasive.
It would seem from this incident that perhaps somebody just needs to claim they know somebody high up in the organisation and anything goes.
Let’s get TWO things very clear…
(1) It IS NOT just that this guy was not formally qualified (but still reasonably competent at sign languege) he was a total fraud.
(2) Secondly the authorities knew about him a year ago, since formal complaints were made the last time he turned up at a public event and pretended to interpret.
(3) Oh and here is my third of my two points (!): Given that he was known to be a total fraud and fake within just a few minutes of starting his “interpreting”, how on fracking Earth was he allowed to remain on stage for more than 4 hours ? (Normal practice is for Sign Language interpreters to be changed every half hour or so). Let’s get this straight, the relavent South African security and event organisers simply allowed him to remain (I am sure that complaints would have been flooding in to authorities instantly, via mobiles, texts, Twitter etc)
In my opinion, I think this incident tells more about the utter corruption, ineptness and incompetence found throughout all levels of South African government, and the ANC political party.
In an article credited to Reuters quoting the Johannesburg Star, 34-year-old Thamsanqa Jantjie says he suffered a schizophrenic episode while on stage.