Interpreter's mom: She can speak English

2014-03-04 09:20
Oscar Pistorius is seen in the North Gauteng High Court. (Photo24)

Oscar Pistorius is seen in the North Gauteng High Court. (Photo24)

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Pretoria - The interpreter who had a bit of trouble doing her job on the first day of the Oscar Pistorius trial feared that she would face the same ridicule as the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

The interpreter’s mother told Jacaranda FM that her daughter had raised her concerns about being inexperienced but that the justice department didn’t give her a choice because it didn’t arrange an interpreter.

"My daughter can speak English. She works at the regional court's children's division," said the mother.

The interpreter was often corrected by the witness, Michelle Burger, who was speaking in Afrikaans during Monday’s trial. Eventually Burger spoke in English.

“My daughter can speak English, but the pressure was too much," said the interpreter’s mother.

It was reported that the first interpreter quit the case in an “emotional state” after seeing the media frenzy.

This caused a 90 minute delay in the trial.
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