Hallucinating Mandela Memorial interpreter

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Thamsanqa Jantjie gesticulates at his home during an interview with the Associated Press in Johannesburg, South Africa,Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

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The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial, who said he had suffered a schizophrenic episode during the service after being labelled a fraud, has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital, South African media reported Thursday.

Thamsanqa Jantjie's performance at last week's event sparked outrage, with sign language experts saying his translations of the eulogies -- including those by US President Barack Obama and Mandela's grandchildren -- amounted to little more than "flapping his arms around" and "just making funny gestures." (AFP)


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