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Nelson Mandela memorial sign language interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie: Most terrible day of my life


It was the most terrible day of my life. It’s a day he won’t forget. Sign language
that made no sense at the Nelson Mandela memorial. It catapulted Thamsanqa Jantjie into the spotlight
worldwide. As you have seen the results it came to the
whole of newspapers but in brief on that day in question my state, my physical state was
not fine, but it’s not a justification of everything, but it’s just I want to put it
in the clarity that I was not fine on the day in question. A schizophrenic sufferer, his story has brought
attention to the condition, but also to his qualifications. I’ve got a training as an ordinary interpreter,
necessary skills as interpreter, that’s why I get a job as an interpreter. The Government has since admitted he was not
a professional interpreter, but he has signed on stage at various ANC events. Thamsanqa
says he has been an interpreter for nine years, but no one has ever called his skills into
question. My worry is that if I was doing something
that is speechless for all these years, why were they quiet these organisations, these
universities, these institutions? Then it’s a question that has to be asked before they
call me a fake.

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