Sign language interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie, who was interpreting at the memorial service of late former president Nelson Mandela speaks at his home in Bramfischerville, South Africa, on Dec. 11, 2013.
(Photo: Itumeleng English, AP)
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa's ruling party says two officials linked to a bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial have resigned.
The New Age newspaper reported Tuesday that the officials from the ruling African National Congress included Bantubahle Xozwa, alleged owner of a company that had hired the bogus interpreter.
Xozwa has said the interpreter, Thamsanqa Jantjie, was not working for the company at the Dec. 10 Mandela memorial, at which he stood close to U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders and signed gibberish.
Jantjie said he has schizophrenia, hallucinated and believed he saw angels during the memorial. Experts say his signs were meaningless.
Friends say Jantjie was also involved in the mob killing of two men in 2003, but was found mentally unfit to stand trial.
You may also like...
Weird Florida: A look back at some of the strangest stories of the year
Miracle Baby: Tampa toddler has 5-organ transplant
Broke Bad: Contest winner busted in synthetic drug ring
Here kitty, kitty: Lion escapes enclosure at Pasco sanctuary
Fake Cop: Man arrested 3 times for impersonating officer
Animal tragedy: Girl's miniature horse attacked by dogs
#ShortYellows: Florida quietly shortened yellow lights
Kittens shot: Officer shoots kittens in front of children
Popular photo galleries:
Faces of Meth: Devastating before and after photos of meth abusers
Trayvon Martin Shooting: Trayvon Martin crime scene photos and George Zimmerman injury photos
Hooters Winners: Winners of the 2013 Hooters swimsuit pageant
Rejected: Funny Florida license plates rejected by the DMV***warning graphic***
Deadly sinkhole: Home collapses, man dies in giant sinkhole
Florida Sex Offenders: Look up sex offenders in any Florida neighborhood here
Restaurant Inspections: Look up inspection reports for any Florida restaurant here
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)