Mandela Interpreter Admitted to Psych Ward

Wife: 'He might have had a breakdown'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2013 7:01 AM CST
In this file photo from Dec.10, 2013, Thamsanqa Jantjie, right, interprets in sign language for President Barack Obama during his remarks at Nelson Mandela's memorial.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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(Newser) – The interpreter who did little more than flap his arms around during Nelson Mandela's memorial is now in the hospital after a psychiatric evaluation. Thamsanqa Jantjie, who acknowledged suffering from hallucinations and schizophrenia, went for a check-up at a hospital near Johannesburg on Tuesday and was admitted immediately, the BBC reports via South Africa's Star newspaper. Jantjie had previously said he skipped a check-up to sign at the memorial. According to his wife: "He might have had a breakdown." (Read more interpreters stories.)

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