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 Lifestyle This is how Viagra can help you live longer Lifestyle Why women are opting to get their virginity restored through hymenoplasty Parenting Does mom's dagga end up in breast milk? News SEE: This surprising group is at risk of getting Listeriosis Medical A quick guide to sinus-related congestion Fitness The genius ab exercise that all gymnasts use, but everyone else ignores From our sponsors WIN a R2 000 beauty voucher! Understanding diabetes self-management Fed up with the Phlemings? Let’s chat diabetes and erectile dysfunction Live healthier FYI » When the flu turns deadly Why the flu makes you feel so miserable Could a deadly flu strain hit SA this winter? Following an intense flu season in the US and UK, should we be worried about our own upcoming flu season? Alcohol and acne » Dagga vs alcohol: Which is worse? SEE: Why you are drinking more alcohol than you realise Does alcohol cause acne? Some foods can be a trigger for acne, but what about alcohol? Dermatologist Dr Nerissa Moodley weighs in.