FLASHBACK: Secret Service Missed Fake Interpreter Charged With Murder on Stage With Obama During Mandela Funeral

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: Oct 01, 2014 8:50 AM
FLASHBACK: Secret Service Missed Fake Interpreter Charged With Murder on Stage With Obama During Mandela Funeral

The Associated Press is out with a list of Secret Service failures today but there's one big incident that they missed. On top of the agency failing to investigate a 2011 shooting at the White House, failing to stop reality TV D-listers from cashing a White House party, failing to keep President Obama out of an elevator with a convicted felon who was carrying a gun, falling down drunk on the job, hiring Colombian prostitutes during an official trip and failing to stop a man carrying a knife from jumping the fence and running all the way across the lawn deep into the White House, the Secret Service also failed to catch the murder, rape and kidnapping charges belonging to fake sign language interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie, who stood next to Obama on stage during Nelson Mandela's 2013 funeral.

The "fake" sign language interpreter who said he suffered a schizophrenic fit onstage at Nelson Mandela's memorial service has a criminal history that includes charges of rape and murder, according to a report.

Thamsanqa Jantjie - who stood near several world leaders, including President Obama, during the event at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg - has been arrested at least five times since the mid-1990s, but he allegedly dodged jail time because he was mentally unfit to stand trial, the South African news station eNCA reported Friday.

The station found that Jantjie, 34, who has a long history of mental illness, has been arrested on suspicion of rape, theft, housebreaking and malicious damage to property. His most recent collar was in 2003, when he faced murder, attempted murder and kidnapping charges, the news station reported.

Here is a photo of Jantjie standing next to the President. 

And for good measure, SNL mocking the incident.