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Mandela memorial sign language interpreter hospitalised

Published: Thursday December 19, 2013 | 11:09 am Comments 0
President Barack Obama delivers his speech next to a sign language interpreter during a memorial service at FNB Stadium in honor of Nelson Mandela on December 10.  AP
President Barack Obama delivers his speech next to a sign language interpreter during a memorial service at FNB Stadium in honor of Nelson Mandela on December 10. AP
Thamsanqa Jantjie gestures at his home during an interview in Johannesburg, South Africa.  AP
Thamsanqa Jantjie gestures at his home during an interview in Johannesburg, South Africa. AP

The media in South Africa are reporting that the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial who is accused of making up gestures, has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital.

The interpreter's wife has been quoted saying her husband, Thamsanqa Jantjie might have had a breakdown.

Sign language experts accused him of referring to prawns and rocking horses while translating eulogies at Mandela's memorial last week.

Jantjie said he suffered a sudden attack of schizophrenia.
He insisted he was a qualified interpreter.

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