Recently paramedics have yet again become the target of violent criminals. They are being held at gunpoint, severely assaulted or being robbed. The very same people that put their lives on the line are now the victims of crime.
When news broke that two paramedics were held at gunpoint in Gugulethu in the Western Cape and another paramedic stabbed eight times when he stopped to help a man, questions from various agencies poured in regarding the safety of paramedics and what action will be taken. I invite you to join me in this short documentary about what paramedics have to go through to keep themselves safe.
So, the government said they will be launching a full investigation into the controversial sign language interpreter used at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service at the FNB stadium.
I do hope this is a thorough investigation as it came to light that the interpreter is actually on medication for a “mental condition”. I am not saying that due to his medical condition he could not sign properly, but if you watch the video below, he makes it quite clear that he was afraid – and in the same breath “I don’t think there were any mistakes”. Ok!?
The video below is an insert that featured on eNews Channel Africa.
South Africans just know how to make people laugh. I mean just look at Trevor Noah. Everyone wants to be like him. This interpreter did such a great job that he went viral… eat your heart out Trevor. He made it to the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. WOW!
I dont understand sign language and had no clue what he was signing, but it was obvious that something was not quite right. Let’s hear what a real interpreter makes of his signs…
Interesting quotes from Jantjie (‘interpreter’)
- “If I start panicking I’ll start being a problem”
- “What happened that day, I see angels come to the stadium … I start realising that the problem is here. And the problem, I don’t know the attack of this problem, how will it comes. Sometimes I react violent on that place. Sometimes I will see things that chase me,” Jantjie said. (eNCA)
- He has admitted regularly losing control during so-called schizophrenic episodes. (eNCA)
- He told the Associated Press on Thursday that he saw angels during the memorial service and that his hallucinations began while he was interpreting.
Watch the Soweto Gospel Choir sing an incredible tribute to Madiba in our Parkview store.
On Saturday, 7 December 2013, Woolworths had planned a performance at our Parkview store in Pretoria to support our Operation Smile Christmas campaign. The Soweto Gospel Choir’s planned a rendition of James Brown’s I Feel Good. But, after Madiba’s passing the choir decided on a tribute instead. They chose Johnny Clegg’s Asimbonanga.
Its not often you see ‘flash-mobs’ in South Africa – but when we do it, we do it well! Although I don’t think we would be featured in a Step Up Movie, South Africans still know what it means to bring people together.