Nelson Mandela
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Thu December 12, 2013

Interpreter At Mandela Event: I Was Hallucinating

Thamsanqa Jantjie gestures at his home during an interview with The Associated Press.
Credit Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi / The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG -- 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.

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