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 3 ways to boost your memory 2018-06-14 05:00 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 News The corruption behind Gauteng Health crisis revealed Medical Yoga may be the right move against urinary incontinence Lifestyle Hubbly hooking lots of young adults on tobacco Mental health Being transgender is not a mental disorder, WHO decides Parenting Are prem babies less successful later in life? News Watching 'Incredibles 2' comes with seizure warning in SA From our sponsors Congestion associated with sinuses can ruin your day Tell us of your unusual allergy and stand a chance to win R2 000! WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher! FLU SURVEY: Stand a chance of winning R2 000 cash! Live healthier Living with sinusitis » 7 common sinusitis myths you shouldn’t believe Are you using the correct treatment for your sinusitis? How your mucus can be a guide to sinusitis treatment Suffering from chronic sinusitis? Your mucus might help identify the most effective treatment. Sleep better » Most physical activities help you sleep better 10 tips for better sleep 10 reasons you may have insomnia and how fix it Here are 10 reasons why you may have insomnia – along with possible ways to solve the problem.