Lost in translation: unprofessional court interpreters

08 June 2015 - 11:18
By RDM News Wire

Showboating to the gallery‚ inaccurate translations and drunkenness are putting South Africa’s justice system in jeopardy.

A study in Eastern Cape has highlighted the problem of unprofessional court interpreters‚ who are often inadequately trained.

The research was conducted by an Eastern Cape advocate who looked at language policy and the use of court interpreters.

He found that a lack of understanding of regional dialects often resulted in the wrong translation of local Xhosa expressions.