Oscar Pistorius interpreter arrived at wrong court

2014-03-03 14:00

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The “interpreter problems” blamed for delaying Oscar Pistorius’ high-profile trial with 90 minutes this morning boils down to a language translator arriving at the wrong court.

The Afrikaans-English interpreter – identified by staff as Lizette Bosch – clocked in at the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court instead of the North Gauteng High Court this morning.

Staff at the North Gauteng High Court told City Press that Bosch arrived at the magistrate’s court by accident. “Nobody told her it was here, we think,” said a colleague of Bosch.

Central Pretoria is congested with road works and presumably she battled to make her way to the high court. When the trial eventually started after 11.30am, Judge Thokozile Masipa apologised for the “interpreter hiccup”, saying the court would attempt to be more punctual in future.

Bosch could not be reached for comment during the lunch break.

Her translating skills were questioned by spectators in the courtroom and even prosecutor Gerrie Nel could be seen mouthing words to help her translate testimony from Afrikaans to English.

The first witness, Michelle Burger, a neighbour of Pistorius, delivered a chilling account of a woman’s “blood-curdling screams” which reached “a climax” followed by four shots on the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed.

» Watch/listen to the trial live on our homepage at www.citypress.co.za. Follow Charl du Plessis and Biénne Huisman’s coverage here. And on Twitter: @City_Press

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