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Video: Madiba sign language interpreter is back in viral online ad

Remember Thamsanqa Jantjie, the bogus sign language interpreter who became famous at late President Nelson Mandela’s memorial service? It appears that he’s back with a vengeance, selling an app called Livelens

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Remember Thamsanqa Jantjie, the fraudulent sign language interpreter who became famous for botching the sign language translation at late President Nelson Mandela’s memorial service last December?

The one, who in all sincerity said in sign language: “cigarette join bringing together in different to you a circle and would like to pray this offering” and later attempted to defend himself by saying that he was hallucinating angels? The man, who had previously been convicted of theft and accused of rape as well as attempted murder?

Well, he’s back in the limelight, and this time he returns as the most unlikely spokesman you can possibly imagine, featured in a strange viral ad for a new app developed in Israel, called “Livelens”.

In the online advert for Livelens, Thamsanqa Jantjie, 34, mockingly apologises for the mistakes made at the funeral service, saying “I’m really, really sorry for what happened” – before cutting away to a montage sequence celebrating his new-found celebrity following the event. “Now I want to make it up to the whole world,” he even adds later.

The new app that employs as their reluctant poster-child Jantjie allows its users to broadcast live video footage via various social media applications. Livelens representative Sefi Shaked defended the idea of using Jantjie for the online commercial as a perfect way solution: “We needed something surprising. We wanted to choose a presenter who is the worst presenter for a live app possible.”

Having made a worldwide sensation of himself, Jantjie is currently receiving treatment at Sterkfontein Hospital outside of Johannesburg, suspected to be suffering from schizophrenia. The company in charge of filming the ad allegedly conned the hospital to get Jantjie out of the facilities for the day of filming by having a South African journalist pose as a family member.
A bogus family member to bail out the bogus sign language interpreter for his stint in a viral campaign? Only in Mzansi…