Expatriate Owl

A politically-incorrect perspective that does not necessarily tow the party line, on various matters including but not limited to taxation, academia, government and religion.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Another Ironic Twist in the Mandela-mania

Thamsanqa Jantjie, the fake sign-language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial service, turns out to be an admitted violent murderer.  Specifically, Jantjie participated in a "necklacing" incident, whereby a gasoline-soaked tire was placed upon the neck of the victim and set afire.

Necklacing has been a widespread problem in South Africa.  Never mind that it was almost always done in the context of black-on-black violence; the practice was endorsed by Nelson Mandela for use by his African National Congress against its rivals.  When Winnie was married to him, she, too, endorsed necklacing.

On several occasions, Mandela was called upon to denounce the practice, and had he done so, the necklacing incidents would have significantly abated.

Between Mandela, Jantjie, and Obama, it was difficult to tell who was the wise guy, who was the foil, and who was the straight man in the comedy act that was the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.  But there is no question as to who was the fool -- it was the Secret Service for allowing a criminally violent sociopath to come within arm's length of the President.

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