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Was Nelson Mandela Sign Language Man Thamsanqa Jantjie Talking To You?

by | 12th, December 2013

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WHEN Nelson Mandel died, he did so when the news cycle had moved on. No longer were hundreds of journalists waiting outside his home for him to die so that they be the first to lower that voices and paid tribute to Madiba the Magical Negro . He also caught the Mandela Memorial even organisers on the hop so much so that they booked Thamsanqa Jantjie (aka Thamsanqa Dyantyi) provide a running commentary for the deaf. Jantjie became a laughing stock for his signing that hinted at a misspent youth watching silent comedies.

 

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And then he spoke. He said he had been suffering a schizophrenic episode:

“There was nothing I could do. I was alone in a very dangerous situation. I tried to control myself and not show the world what was going on. I am very sorry, it’s the situation I found myself in. Life is unfair. This illness is unfair. Anyone who doesn’t understand this illness will think that I’m just making this up.”

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People can so unfair.

“I won’t like to discuss my medical status on the media because it will harm my children otherwise. I’m a patient receiving treatment in a schizophrenic [ward].”

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