12 December 2013

South Africa: 'I Was Hallucinating' - Mandela Memorial Interpreter

Johannesburg — Thamsanqa Jantjie , The man accused of faking sign interpretation next to world leaders at Nelson Mandela's memorial told a local newspaper that he was hallucinating and hearing voices.

Sign language interpreters and deaf advocates have accused the interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial service of being a "fake". Four sign language experts told the Associated Press that the man's hand movements were "gibberish," part of neither American nor South African sign language.

He told Radio 702 Thursday he's receiving treatment for schizophrenia and had an episode while on stage.

"There was nothing I could do. I was alone in a very dangerous situation. I tried to control myself and not show the world what was going on. I am very sorry, it's the situation I found myself in," Jantjie said.

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