So Thamsanqa Jantjie was crazy after all?!
Folks were definitely wondering if he was crazy after Nelson Mandela‘s memorial sing language incident — where he was actually not signing, but making false movements.
After the incident, Jantjie was quietly put in a mental institution.
He explained what happened to him the day of Mandela’s memorial and why he lost it.
“I was in the hospital but I am positively out now, I feel better than ever. On that day I was sick, due to the hours that I had been working, 14 hours interpreting.”
Since, he’s been referred to as a fake deaf interpreter — making ridiculous movements signing “prawns” and “rocking horses.”
Now he’s doing better and said he’s helping people with disabilities.
“It was a blessing in disguise. Sign language was not recognized in my country, and now it is. The president has introduced sign language as an official language,” he said. “Why should I be worried about it or punish myself? I did not hear any complaints from the world leaders. I feel very happy, because it was a chance to help people with disabilities, I brought a change in my country.”
But that’s not all he’s doing these days.
CEO Max Bluvhand hired Jantjie to be the pitchman for the video-sharing app, LiveLens.
“He’s the guy that did the worst live show ever. But at the end of the day, he is a good guy,” Bluvhand said.
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