'Fake interpreter' probe at sensitive stage
At the heart of the investigation is how Jantjie came to share a stage with world leaders.
JOHANNESBURG - An investigation into sign language interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie is still in its early stages, government revealed on Tuesday.
He is accused of making references to prawns and rocking horses instead of displaying what speakers were saying at former president Nelson Mandela's memorial service at FNB Stadium on Tuesday.
Jantjie, who admits to receiving treatment for schizophrenia, previously worked as a court interpreter in Boksburg.
He maintains he has been an interpreter for almost a decade and has done nothing wrong.
At the heart of the investigation is how Jantjie came to share a stage with world leaders, including US President Barack Obama.
Also at the centre of the probe is who hired him.
Government says it cannot comment on the investigation as it is still at a sensitive stage.
In the days since the controversy broke, Jantjie's past has come back to haunt him.
It has been reported that Jantjie faced criminal charges, including murder, attempted murder, rape, theft and malicious damage to property.
It also emerged he was investigated by the Department of Justice for allegedly submitting fraudulent travel invoices in which he claimed over R1 million for trips he never made and for accommodation he never used.