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Jantjie told the newspaper that he lost concentration, began hearing voices and suffered from hallucinations which, according to the AP, apparently included angels.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela's memorial service said Thursday he hallucinated that angels were entering the stadium, suffers from schizophrenia and has been violent in the past.
Thamsanqa Jantjie said in a 45-minute interview with The Associated Press that his hallucinations began while he was interpreting and that he tried not to panic because there were "armed policemen around me." He added that he was once hospitalized in a mental health facility for more than one year.
A South African deputy Cabinet minister, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, later held a news conference to announce that "a mistake happened" in the hiring of Jantjie.
I heard about him having an episode and thought, "Hmmm, shades of the House Stenographer incident."
Well? Am I wrong to think that?
Maybe someone should play his signs backwards and see if there's a hidden message there.
OK, the last bit was a joke, but the first wasn't so much. Is there an emerging pattern of people around our so-called leaders popping off and going weird?edit on 12-12-2013 by ketsuko because: (no reason given)