Turns out the Mandela interpreter is a violent schizophrenic


, Rare Staff

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The confusing sign-language interpreter from Nelson Mandela’s memorial sat down for a series of surprising interviews. Critics around the world chastised Thamsanqa Jantjie, for signing nonsensical gibberish at the memorial earlier this week.

Now Jantjie has tried to explain his actions, revealing that he is a schizophrenic with a violent past and was hallucinating during the event. If this is true, someone at the Secret Service is getting fired for allowing someone with that background next to the President of the United States. In his interview, Jantjie comes off as erratic as he describes seeing angels while at the memorial, and not being capable of controlling his rage.

From IOL News:

He doesn’t know whether it was the magnitude of what he was doing or the happiness he felt throughout the day that might have triggered the attack while on stage.

Suddenly he lost concentration, and started hearing voices and hallucinating.

Afterwards, it all went downhill and he just signed things that didn’t make sense.

“There was nothing I could do. I was alone in a very dangerous situation. 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.”

Jantjie said that although he was having an episode and continued seeing things and hearing loud voices in his head, things that impaired his ability to hear well and interpret what was being said, he couldn’t leave, so he stayed on and continued to sign things that didn’t make sense.


Douglas Barclay is an associate content editor at Rare. Follow him on Twitter @douglabarclay17


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