Home > Mental health > News Updated 19 December 2013 'Fake' interpreter: more on schizophrenia The 'fake' sign language interpreter officiating at Nelson Mandela's memorial claims to have suffered a schizophrenic episode at the time. Here's more about schizophrenia. 0 Related The gift of hearing Schizophrenics may have faulty brain 'switch' Ask CyberShrink » Talk Heart to heart forum » 13 hidden signs of stress Regenerative medicine: replacing brain cells lost from stroke The unintelligible hand signals used by Thamsanqa Jantjie during Nelson Mandela's memorial service continue to cause outrage in deaf communities around the world.Security concerns are also in the spotlight as Jantjie stood within arm's length of several dignitaries and state leaders while supposedly doing his job.Jantjie told the Cape Times that he used medication for schizophrenia, and suffered a schizophrenic episode during the memorial service. Take a look here at a video comparing a real sign language specialist to the supposedly fake one.In a 94.7 Highveld radio interview he claimed that he had often done interpreting before at big events. His tone was aggressive and defensive and interrupted the interviewer several times. He says that people are attacking him for nothing and that he had never had complaints before. A representative from DeafSA, Delphin Hlungwane, pointed out that this was not true as there had been complaints about him before. He claimed that he had become a professional sign language interpreter because he felt that too many people in the deaf community were not 'represented'.He said he had been hired by the boss of SA interpreters - a company not known to the interviewer, a representative from Deaf SA..When asked how he would sign the message: "I love you" he refused to answer the question. He became very agitated.Here's more about schizophrenia, its symptoms and its treatment.The A - Z of schizophreniaRead more about the benefits of sign language. (Compiled by Susan Erasmus) NEXT ON HEALTH24X 'The plane is going to crash': Anxiety aboard flight SAA 323 2017-10-17 07:45 More: Mental healthNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical 'I'm 40, so why do I have acne?' Medical Can doctors predict allergies? Lifestyle Why STIs are on the rise among pregnant women News You won't believe what Viagra was used for before ED Mental health Quick survey: Would you tell your boss about your mental illness? Medical 5 ways to protect yourself against fungal infections this summer From our sponsors Discover treatments that can help reduce acne What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher! Live healthier Watch out! » Gross fungal infections you can pick up at the gym You go to gym to exercise. But make sure the only thing you pick up is a dumbbell and not one of these gross fungal infections. Holiday health » Your 10-step asthma holiday checklist Don’t let asthma ruin your summer holiday. Whether you are travelling or embracing the summer at home, make sure you plan ahead.