No one really knows where Thamsanqa Jantjie came from, and no one knows really anything about him, but this one man has captivated the curiosity of the entire world after he was caught signing nothing but gibberish at the Nelson Mandela memorial.
His explanation? He was having schizophrenic hallucinations of angels that caused him to sign improperly, but as Anderson Cooper and CNN have uncovered, not only has this man done the same thing before, he refused to sign for CNN during an interview and instead became irate and combative.
Sound the bulls**t alert, we’ve got a live one here.
“He had the eyes of the world upon him as he stood just feet from some of the world’s most powerful leaders,” reports CNN yesterday. “The man who apparently spent hours signing gibberish during Nelson Mandela’s memorial claims he’s schizophrenic and was hallucinating at the time.”
If this is indeed the case, and Jantjie was actually up on stage suffering from schizophrenic hallucinations, then it goes without saying that some form of compassion and understanding should be afforded to the man, but it also begs the question of how someone with such an unpredictable and often violent affliction could get security clearance to stand within a heartbeat of the world’s most powerful leaders.
The company that Jantjie works for has all but disappeared into “thin air”, and the South African government officials in charge of the memorial or either downplaying the incident as Jantjie using a different dialect, or simply not responding to questions at all. No one seems to know how Jantjie made it through what should have been a rigorous screening process, and no one seems to know who is responsible.
But what about Jantjie’s signing ability when he isn’t suffering from hallucinations? That too will remain a mystery for now, because when he was asked by CNN to demonstrate his ability to sign, he became upset, belligerent, and refused to be put on the spot. Take a look at how he reacted in this CNN video below – it will make you think twice about everything Jantjie has to say in his defence.