There was a lengthy delay to the start of court proceedings on the first day of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial as the Afrikaans interpreter hired by the courts ended up in Hollywood for the Academy Awards, also known as the “Oscars”, instead of the North Gauteng High court in Pretoria.
“I was told to go to the internationally televised Oscar event, so I thought I had to interpret Ellen DeGeneres speaking at the Oscars for Charlize Theron, so that the blondie from Benoni could understand,” said the now infamously late interpreter.
“It was only when I was trying to make my way on to the red carpet that I found out I was at the wrong Oscar event. My boss phoned me to find out where I was.”
This is not the first time South African interpreters have been embroiled in an interpreter’s scandal on the world stage, but we’ll rather not say anything about that.