Johannesburg – The sign language interpreter accused of faking his way through the Nelson Mandela memorial service on Tuesday has apologised for his actions, and blamed the incident on a schizophrenic episode he said he suffered while on stage. According to a report on IOL Thamasanqa Jantjie said while he is on treatment for his […] More »Schizophrenia To Blame For Fake Sign Language
ANC Deputy Secretary General, Jessie Duarte said that the party could take action against those who booed President Jacob Zuma during the memorial service for former president Nelson Mandela on Tuesday. More »ANC to act against Zuma booers?
The sign language interpreter accused of faking it during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday said he had a schizophrenic episode during the event. Jantjies interpreted throughout the service, which included speeches from President Jacob Zuma and a number of foreign heads of state. More »Interpreter 'heard voices'
South Africa has been left "with egg on its face" after a "fake" sign language interpreter was used at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, according to the SA Translators Institute (Sati). According to a report on News24, Sati chair Johan Blaauw said that the man who was used as a interpreter for the deaf at the memorial service was not simply misinterpreting the speeches, but was not even using accepted sign language. And according to Blaauw, the ANC knew the man was not up to the job after he was used to interpret proceedings at the party’s elective conference in Mangaung last year and complaints were levelled against him. According to interpreters from around the world, the man was not using sign language, but simply “making funny gestures”. More »'Fake' interpreter was used before
Thamsanqa Jantjies, the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's FNB Stadium memorial, has revealed that he suffers from schizophrenia. More »I have schizophrenia, says Mandela memorial signer
By Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African sign language interpreter accused of miming nonsense as world leaders paid tribute to Nelson Mandela defended himself as a "champion" signer on Thursday, but said he suffered a schizophrenic episode during the event. The interpreter, 34-year-old Thamsanqa Jantjie, told Johannesburg's Star newspaper he started hearing voices and hallucinating while on stage, resulting in gestures that made no sense to outraged deaf people around the world. The government admitted Jantjie was not a professional interpreter but played down security concerns at his sharing the podium with world leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama at the memorial on Tuesday. We accept all that." After the memorial, South Africa's leading deaf association denounced him as a fake, making up gestures to be put into the mouths of Obama and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma. More »South Africa admits mistake over "schizophrenic" Mandela signer
Independent head Iqbal Survé has assured staff of their journalistic freedom, despite rumours that he axed Alide Dasnois over an editorial decision. More »No journalist should fear writing about Sekunjalo, says Survé
Sanral is fabricating the amount of e-tags sales by more than double, according to the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa). Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenhage said that because around one third of cars in Gauteng did not use the freeway, it was expected the non-freeway figure would be lower. More »'Sanral fabricating e-tags sales'
Potchefstroom – All six contested wards in the Tlokwe municipality were won by the ANC in Wednesday’s by-elections. According to party spokesperson Jackson Mthembu the ANC now holds the majority of 30 seats in the 52 seat council in the North West province municipality. “The people have spoken…Democracy has prevailed ” said Mthembu in a […] More »ANC Delighted By Tlokwe Results
Residents have been advised to not give Christmas gifts to Pikitup employees this year. "This goes against company policy for staff to take part in this tradition," the company’s managing director Amanda Nair said in a statement on Wednesday. According to a report on Fin24, Nair warned residents to be watchful of people claiming to be employees of the company, requesting Christmas boxes and donations. More »Pikitup warns of Christmas imposters
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's funeral has said a schizophrenic episode was to blame for accusations that he was an imposter who gesticulated nonsense during the entire service. Jantjie's signing appeared at odds with that of the public broadcaster's signer, who was shown in a small insert box on SABC television screens. More »'Fake' deaf signer at Mandela event claims illness
By Deepa Seetharaman and Nadia Damouni DETROIT/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co's board of directors plans to press Chief Executive Alan Mulally soon for a decision on his future, as speculation intensifies that he may be offered the job of CEO at Microsoft Corp. Mulally, 68, is one of a handful of candidates still in contention for the Microsoft role, according to several sources close to the technology giant, and he has not tried to dispel talk that he is interested in the job. That has begun to vex some on Ford's board, two sources told Reuters this week, and the issue will be discussed when the board meets in the Detroit area on Thursday. Microsoft declined comment on the progress of its CEO search, and a Ford spokesman repeated earlier statements that Mulally is slated to stay as Ford CEO through 2014, although it emerged in September that the board would be open to him leaving earlier than that. Sources with knowledge of the tech company's hunt for a new leader say Mulally is among a "handful" of contenders, and that Microsoft is strongly considering a younger, more tech-savvy external candidate. More »Exclusive-Ford board aims to pin down CEO Mulally's plans
South African troops lined the road to Nelson Mandela's burial site in his boyhood home at Qunu, as preparations for his funeral got under way Thursday. His homestead was under virtual security lockdown as armed troops arrived in truck convoys to carry out dress rehearsals inside. More »Mandela village under lockdown ahead of burial
Scandal-tainted Italian former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, sentenced to a year in prison for tax fraud, claimed Thursday there would be a "revolution" in Italy if he was jailed. "I am sure they cannot do it, otherwise there will be a revolution in Italy," he said in an interview recorded at his house in Rome. Berlusconi has to serve a one-year sentence, probably under house arrest or through community service because of his age. Berlusconi said he remained the head of his party Forza Italia, or Go Italy, named after a chant used by Italian football fans. More »Berlusconi says jailing will lead to 'revolution' in Italy
Members of the media have been left stranded in Qunu after police stopped them from going to the houses they were renting for “violating protocol”. The journalists are in the area to cover former South African president Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said that the media were not behaving accordingly. "It has, however, come to our attention that some members of the media have violated the protocols and arrangements that are in place in Qunu, and that this is causing frustration for the authorities and the Mandela family and community of Qunu,” said Chabane in a statement. More »Media stranded in Qunu
Nelson Mandela was given back to ordinary South Africans Thursday, who queued in their thousands from early morning to file past his open casket on a day of viewing reserved for the public. "My heart is so broken," said Anita Bodiba, 35, who arrived at the seat of government, the Union Buildings, at 4:30 am (0230 GMT) to join the long queue that had already formed. He is the one who united us here in South Africa -- white people, black people, Indian people," she said -- using the clan name by which the democracy icon is fondly known. On Wednesday, Mandela's distraught widow Graca Machel and other family members had been followed by presidents, royalty and other international figures in paying their last respects in the amphitheatre of the Union Buildings where the Nobel laureate lay in state. More »With VIPs gone, South Africans get Madiba back
“Currently 890 388 VLN/e-tags had been issued and implementation has gone according to plan," said Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona. The controversial system began last week Tuesday and while Mona said it was too early to report on the issuing of invoices, internal processes were “running smoothly”. More »E-tags sales hit nearly 900 000
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