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Fake Mandela interpreter goes into psychiatric ward

RECEIVING HELP: Thamsanqa Jantjie gesticulates at his home during an interview (PA)

THE MAN who caused outrage over his false sign language interpretation at the Nelson Mandela memorial service has been admitted into a psychiatric ward.

Thamsanqa Jantije, who was accused of arm-flapping fraud at the memorial has reportedly been taken to Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital in Johannesburg by his wife Siziwe.

“The past few days have been hard. We have been supportive because he might have had a breakdown," Mrs Jantjie is quoted as saying by local media.

It is reported that Siziwe, had taken her husband for a check-up at a psychiatric hospital which was initially due on December 10, but was later rescheduled because he was offered the job to sign at the memorial.

Jantjie who claimed to be a qualified signer put his bad performance down to a sudden attack of schizophrenia.

“I saw angels falling on the stadium. I heard voices and lost concentration, “he reportedly said.

It was later revealed that Jantjie has previously faced rape, kidnapping, theft charges and was part of a mob that had burned two people to death 10 years ago - an allegation he strenuously denies.

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