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Mandela Sign Interpreter: I Was Hallucinating

Mandela Sign Interpreter: I Was Hallucinating
Posted December 12th, 2013 @ 9:29am by Rob Quinn, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– The interpreter blasted for supposedlymaking up sign language during Nelson Mandela's memorial service says he wasn't faking it—he was hallucinating and hearing voices. Thamsanqa Jantjie says he suffers from schizophrenia and he had an episode during the service, possibly brought on by the magnitude of the occasion. He says he felt unable to leave and continued to sign things that made no sense.

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