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Schizophrenic interpreter ‘stable’

The Gauteng Department of Health says Thamsanqa Jantjie remains in a psychiatric hospital.

Controversial sign-language interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie remains in a psychiatric hospital but has stabalised. Picture: Alex Eliseev/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Controversial sign-language interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie remains in a psychiatric hospital but has stabalised, the Gauteng Department of Health said on Monday.

Jantjies, who shared a stage with world leaders during former president Nelson Mandela's memorial service at FNB Stadium in December, was unable to translate what was being said at the gathering.

He later admitted he suffered a schizophrenic spell.

The interpreter said he saw angels while up on stage and defended himself against allegations that he was a fake.

Department spokesperson Simon Zwane says Jantjie remains an in-patient at the Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital in Krugersdorp.

He says Jantjie is allowed home visits.

"Doctors may decide, from time to time, to give patients time out of hospital. That is intended to make it easier for them to reintegrate with society."

Zwane says he is not at liberty to discuss the treatment Jantjie is receiving.

But the spokesperson confirmed his condition was stable.

At the height of the scandal, government launched an investigation into how Jantjies was hired for such a prestigious event.