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(First published on BizCommunity – 25 MAR 2014)

You've been tasked to have a text translated into a language you don't understand a word of. You need a translation that is clear, accurate and stylistically proper, and you want to make sure you avoid any possible pitfalls in the appointment process. So, you kickstart Google and...

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What went wrong with Oscar Pistorius's interpreter?

Some background to court interpreting in South Africa, given by SATI (the South African Translators' Institute) in response to the Oscar Pistorius interpreting fiasco on the first day of his court case:

Court interpreters in civil cases are arranged and paid for by the parties themselves. In criminal cases, the interpreters are provided by the Department of Justice (DoJ). The DoJ does not have full-time dedicated Afrikaans-English interpreters in its service. What it does have are interpreters who inter alia interpret between Afrikaans and English, in addition to other languages. So the DoJ sometimes makes use of people not employed by it as interpreters.