Sunday, February 25, 2024

Mandela signer admitted to psychiatric hospital

Date:

Share post:

spot_img

JOHANNESBURG: The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial, who claimed schizophrenia after being accused of being an arm-flapping fraud, has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital, South African media reported on Thursday.
Thamsanqa Jantjie sparked outrage for his translations of eulogies, including by US President Barack Obama and Mandela’s grandchildren, at the service last week, with sign language experts saying his signing amounted to little more than “flapping his arms around” and “just making funny gestures.”
On Thursday the Star newspaper said Jantjie’s wife Siziwe had taken her husband for a check-up to a psychiatric hospital near Johannesburg on Tuesday, which suggested he be admitted immediately.
“The past few days have been hard. We have been supportive because he might have had a breakdown,” she said.  Jantjie had been scheduled for a check-up at the Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital in Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg, on December 10. But the appointment was moved after he was offered the job to sign at the memorial which took place the next day, it was reported.  Jantjie has claimed that he is a qualified signer but that his performance was down to a sudden attack of schizophrenia, for which he takes medication. (Agencies)

spot_img

Related articles

UP STF makes first arrest in police recruitment paper leak case

Lucknow, Feb 25 :The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force, which is probing the police recruitment paper leak case,...

Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi highlights efforts for marginalised communities, wildlife conservation

New Delhi, Feb 25 :During the Mann Ki Baat programme on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned about...

Explosive device found in RSS office in MP’s Bhind, defused

Bhopal, Feb 25 :The Madhya Pradesh Police on Sunday said they recovered an explosive device at the Rashtriya...

Sharmila lodges police complaint over ‘derogatory’ content against her on social media

Hyderabad, Feb 25 : Andhra Pradesh Congress president Y. S. Sharmila Reddy has lodged a complaint with the...