‘Fake’ Mandela Memorial Sign Language Interpreter Says He’s Schizophrenic, Saw Angels Descend on Stadium

Mandela sign language interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie has apparently turned out to be a fraud. What’s more, he claims he has mental health issues, and saw angels at the stadium where Nelson Mandela’s memorial was held.

From The New York Times:

A man accused of masquerading as a sign-language interpreter during Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, after he stood beside President Obama and other global dignitaries and gesticulated in gibberish, told interviewers on Thursday that he was a violence-prone schizophrenic and had seen angels descending in the stadium where the event was held.

The assertions by the man, Thamsanqa Jantjie, 34, whom sign language experts have called an impostor, added one more bizarre turn to a story that has raised questions about the security at the memorial ceremony and spread a pall of distraction and embarrassment over one of South Africa’s most solemn moments.

With Mr. Mandela lying in state here for a second day as thousands waited in line to pay their final respects, the government found itself unable to explain Mr. Jantjie’s selection for the job, admitted it had paid a bargain rate for his services and asserted that the company that supplied him had “vanished into thin air.”

Read the rather bizarre story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/14/business/media/trayvon-martins-parents-are-planning-a-book.html

CCN Online: Jantjie’s story is sad (and appears true), but there is medication to help people who suffer with schizophrenia, correct? And if he is not on medication, how has he managed to function in society for so long?

Watch a video news report with Jantjie, the “fake” Mandela interpreter:

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