By now you have heard that the sign language interrupter had no idea what he was signing for the deaf at Nelson Mandela’s Memorial. Jimmy Kimmel decided to bring in a sign language interpreter to translate the imposter’s Signs.
Now it’s looking like the man is claiming to have had a “schizophrenic episode”
The South African sign language interpreter accused of using “fake” signs at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service this week said he suffered a schizophrenic episode at the event during which he hallucinated and heard voices.
Thamsanqa Jantjie made the admissions to Johannesburg’s Star newspaper Thursday following allegations that have led to him being called an impostor.
“There was nothing I could do. I was alone in a very dangerous situation,” Jantjie said. “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.”