Interpreter at Mandela memorial admitted to psychiatric hospital

Dec 20, 2013, 05:32 IST | Agencies

The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial, who said he had suffered a schizophrenic episode during the service after being labelled a fraud, has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital.

Thamsanqa Jantjie’s wife Siziwe had taken her husband for a check-up at a psychiatric hospital near Johannesburg on Tuesday, which suggested that he be admitted immediately.

“The past few days have been hard. We have been supportive because he might have had a breakdown,” she was quoted as saying.

Jantjie had been scheduled for a check-up at the Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital on December 10.

But the appointment was moved after he was offered the job to sign at the Mandela memorial which took place the same day.

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