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Thamsanqa Jantjie, whose fake sign language during the Nelson Mandela memorial service sparked global outrage, has allegedly faced murder, rape, kidnapping and theft charges.

Fake Sign Language Interpreter Faced Murder, Rape Charges

Earlier in the week, Jantjie blamed his ongoing struggle with schizophrenia – which made him hallucinate and hear voices – with causing his incoherent miming on the podium during the memorial service. Now, it’s being reported that Jantjie has a criminal record that should have kept him far away from the numerous heads of state present at the event.

Jantjie’s case went to trial in 2003. He was ultimately acquitted of everything except for the theft charge, for which he was sentenced to three years in prison. However, Jantjie was ultimately deemed unfit to stand trial, according to South Africa broadcaster eNCA.

The case’s existence has been confirmed by South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority, although they were »

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