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 When head injuries make life hard, suicide risk goes up 2018-08-28 11:00 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 Here’s exactly how often you should wash your hair Lifestyle 4 mistakes you’re making that are causing you to gain weight Medical Why does anaemia make you feel tired and what can you do about it? Medical Here's how hearing aids and cataract surgery may boost the ageing brain Sex New hope in fight against antibiotic-resistant 'super gonorrhoea' Diet and nutrition Carve out your six-pack by following this diet plan From our sponsors Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract Live healthier Quit smoking » How to beat triggers that make you crave a cigarette You need to learn how to beat the behavioural, environmental and emotional triggers if you want to succeed in quitting smoking. Hygiene » Your showerhead may be bathing you in germs You probably think showering will wash away dirt and germs, but your showerhead might dump nasty bacteria on you instead that may cause lung infections.