Research indicates inaccuracy in translations of police statements

Professor Monwabisi Ralarala, the head of language and coordination at CPUT, has conducted research which looks at the role of languages in South Africa’s justice and court system.

According to Ralarala, there is a problem of statements being inaccurately translated by the police, which later creates legal problems for the innocent.

He says the Eugene Tereblanche trial prompted him to do the research, where the presiding judge lamented how the police recorded statements.

I found there were distortions, manipulations and huge gaps between the original story and sworn statements

Professor Monwabisi Ralarala, Head of Language and Coordination at CPUT

Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show:

Some of the cases which you would consider as assault - they just escalate to attempted murder and vis a vis.

Professor Monwabisi Ralarala, Head of Language and Coordination at CPUT

It means there is a serious adversarial impact on the outcome when it comes to cases of that nature

Professor Monwabisi Ralarala, Head of Language and Coordination at CPUT

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