Mandela's Sign Language Fraud Claims "Schizophrenic Episode" Caused His "Prawn Rocking Horse" Interpretation

By Gerald Lynch on at

He's already outraged the deaf community, and now the Nelson Mandela Memorial's Macarena-ing sign language fraud looks certain to face the ire of mental health campaigners unless he can prove his latest claims, stating that his unreadable signing gestures were down to hallucinations brought on by a "schizophrenic episode".

Thamsanqa Jantjie insists he is fully qualified, despite repeatedly making the signs for "prawn" and "rocking horse" at the globally transmitted service held to celebrate the life of the former South African president.

“Life is unfair. This illness is unfair. Anyone who doesn’t understand this illness will think that I’m just making this up,” he said. "I think that I've been a champion of sign language." [Huffington Post]