wouldn't recognize his name but, by now, his face is known around the
world. Thamsanqa Jantjie is the guy who was supposed to give sign language
interpretations for those speaking at Nelson Mandela's memorial, including
President Obama. But experts say what he actually did that day was the verbal
equivalent of jibberish.
hearing impaired watching the service on television were outraged. South
African officials are embarrassed and apologetic.
now comes word from the interpreter himself that he is schizophrenic. He says he
saw angels, heard voices and hallucinated while on stage. And that
sometimes he gets violent when that happens. Jantjie was quoted as saying
"I'm suffering from a very difficult illness, an illness in which you are
not in a position of understanding yourself at times and that condition, I
cannot change it."
African officials are promising a full investigation to explain, if they can,
how this man was cleared to be within such close proximity to the world's most
powerful leaders. According to Jantjie, he worked for a company called S-A
Interpreters, which was hired to provide interpretation services for the
memorial. That company has suddenly and suspiciously vanished without a trace.
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