Veteran anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu has said he will not be going to Nelson Mandela’s funeral because he has not been invited.
"I would have loved to attend the service to say a final farewell to someone I loved and treasured," the retired archbishop said in a statement.
But he did not want to gatecrash “a private family funeral.”
According to statements from the South African government to local newspaper The New Age, the onus was on him to ask for an invite. To which we say: Sometimes it’s worth making the call yourself, South African government.
10:00 // 7 months ago
The story gets weirder …
The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service said Thursday he hallucinated that angels were entering the stadium, suffers from schizophrenia and has been violent in the past.
Thamsanqa Jantjie said in a 45-minute interview with The Associated Press that his hallucinations began while he was interpreting and that he tried not to panic because there were ”armed policemen around me.” He added that he was once hospitalized in a mental health facility for more than one year..
A South African deputy cabinet minister, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, later held a news conference to announce that “a mistake happened” in the hiring of Jantjie.
Government officials have tried to track down the company that provided Thamsanqa Jantjie but the owners “have vanished into thin air,” said deputy minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu.
So basically they have no idea how they hired him. If true that he was hallucinating on stage, that’s unfortunate, but this certainly seems like a situation where the vetting process totally broke down.
8:57 // 7 months ago