The man accused of faking sign language interpretation at Nelson Mandela's memorial service has branded his detractors "cowards".
Asked what he thought of those people who think he is a "fraud", Thamsanqa Jantjie told NBC News, "They are cowards ... You call me a fraud, take mirror and look at yourself in the mirror and say 'I'm a coward'.
"If you call me a fraud you should have called me a fraud a long time ago, not on that day in question."
Having just met the sign language interpreter from Mandela's memorial, his explanation that he had a schizophrenic attack seems plausible.
Deaf organisations have complained after the man translating the speeches at Nelson Mandela's memorial service 'signed gibberish'.