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The South African sign language interpreter accused of using “fake” signs at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service this week told a local newspaper that he was suffering from schizophrenia and was hallucinating and hearing voices during the event.

Thamsanqa Jantjie that he works for an interpreting company that paid him $85 for interpreting Tuesday’s event but the alleged company which sent him to the Mandela services has since disappeared from the radar.

Here’s video of the fake interpreter in action.