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) More in Mental health Troubled childhood may boost bipolar risk 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 Parenting Rise in teen suicide attempts in Canada not copycat behaviour News No queues, no fuss, bringing healthcare to your door Medical SEE: 12 Things you didn't know about the brain Medical Healthy living reduces everyone's risk of colon cancer Medical Why type 2 diabetics should take a walk after dinner Lifestyle 5 summer essentials to add to your child’s school bag From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.