'Fake' Mandela Ceremony Interpreter: I Have Schizophrenia

Owners of firm who supplied interpreter 'vanish'; Thamsanqa Jantjie, accused of faking sign interpretation next to world leaders at Nelson Mandela's memorial, tells AP he was hallucinating.

The man accused of faking sign language during his interpretation at the memorial event for Nelson Mandela has claimed he has schizophrenia.

Thamsanqa Jantjie told The Associated Press that he was having visions of angels coming into the stadium and was trying not to panic at the "armed policemen around me." He also said he has been violent in the past.

Jantjie stood gesticulating 1 meter (three feet) from U.S. President Barack Obama and others who spoke at the ceremony that was broadcast word-wide.

He insists he was correctly interpreting the world leaders' speeches into sign-language for the hearing impaired.

According to BBC News, the owners of the firm that supplied Jantjie to the event have "vanished."

South African minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, who said SA Interpreters had gone missing, apologized for the poor quality of interpretation.

"He is Xhosa speaking. The English was a bit too much for him," she was quoted by BBC as saying.