Multiple translators turn copper theft trial into marathon

2015-06-11 18:14


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Pietermaritzburg - The trial of 24 men and a woman for copper theft and related crimes in Pietermaritzburg would take longer than expected because proceedings have to be translated into three or more languages.

On Thursday, an application to the regional court that the accused be given paper copies of the allegations they face, was translated three times. 

The languages used in court were Shangaan for the four Mozambican accused, Shona for the five Zimbaweans and Zulu for the others.

Regional Magistrate Corrie Greyling agreed that the accused be given hard copies of the indictment and said Legal Aid would provide them.

The proceedings lasted far longer than expected as an attorney, briefed to appear for some of the accused, failed to arrive. 

This led to the accused refusing to get into a prison van. 

They claimed that only their lawyers had access to electronic details of the allegations they faced.

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