South Africa

Fake South African Sign Language Interpreter: I'm a "Champion" Signer, Also Scizophrenic, Prone to Fits of Violence

Had been previously flagged as a fake signer

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A South African sign-language interpreter accused of miming nonsense as world leaders paid tribute to Nelson Mandela defended himself as a "champion" signer on Thursday but said he suffered a schizophrenic episode during the event.

The interpreter, 34-year-old Thamsanqa Jantjie, told Johannesburg's Star newspaper he started hearing voices and hallucinating while on stage, resulting in gestures that made no sense to outraged deaf people around the world.