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ANC couple quit after interpreter scandal

Johannesburg - Two ANC employees who were linked to a fake sign language interpreter at former president Nelson Mandela's memorial service have resigned, the party confirmed on Tuesday.

“They resigned. They were never fired,” said ANC spokesman Keith Khoza.

File photo: Thamsanqa Jantjies signs during one of the speeches given at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium. Credit: REUTERS

“No reasons were given. They just submitted their resignation letter. It happened in December after the incident.”

Khoza was responding to a report in The New Age that ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu's personal assistant Cikizwa Xozwa and her husband Rev Bantubahle Xozwa, head of the ANC's Religious and Traditional Affairs desk, had been fired.

The couple were allegedly owners of the company interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie worked for.

After the memorial service on December 10, Jantjie told various media groups that he had suffered a schizophrenic episode in which he had seen angels, and that he had panicked when he realised he was surrounded by armed police. - Sapa

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