Mandela Signer: I’m Mentally Ill

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thamsanqa-jantjie-mandela-funeral-signerAfter worldwide outrage over the discovery that the South African sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s funeral was using fake signs, he has come forward to say he suffered a schizophrenic episode.

Thamsanqa Jantjie told a South African newspaper he was overcome by a schizophrenic episode and was hallucinating and hearing voices.

“There was nothing I could do. I was alone in a very dangerous situation,” Jantjie said. “I tried to control myself and not show the world what was going on. I am very sorry, it’s the situation I found myself in.”

In another interview with the AP, Jantjie said he was seeing angels coming into the stadium. ┬áDefending his actions, he told the South African newspaper, “life is unfair. This illness is unfair. Anyone who doesn’t understand this illness will think that I’m just making this up.”

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. Please stop making fun of this episode. I don’t know what the truth was in his case but there are many people who deal with mental illnesses and it is very real. Your comments are very inconsiderate and show a real lack of knowledge of what mental illness is. Please don’t use your own ignorance to mock many great people who suffer from illnesses that you b”h never had to and hopefully will never have to.

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