Wife Of Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Interpreter Takes Him To Psychiatric Hospital

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The bogus sign language interpreter at former president Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on December 10 has been admitted to Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital, according to a report.

The Star reported on Thursday that Thamsanqa Jantjie’s wife, Siziwe, took her husband to the hospital in Krugersdorp for a check-up on Tuesday, where it was suggested he be admitted immediately.

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

Jantjie was reportedly supposed to have gone to Sterkfontein on December 10 for a check-up. However, following the offer to interpret at the memorial service held at FNB Stadium in Soweto on the same day, Jantjie contacted the hospital to rearrange the appointment.

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Last Wednesday, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said government would investigate claims that Jantjie did not use intelligible sign language.

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After the memorial, Jantjie told various media outlets he had suffered a schizophrenic episode in which he had seen angels, and that he had panicked when he realised he was surrounded by armed police.

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