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Questions unanswered due to language barrier

Questions about ex-crime intelligence boss Joey Mabasa and suspended Tshwane deputy metro police chief...

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Questions about ex-crime intelligence boss Joey Mabasa and suspended Tshwane deputy metro police chief Ndumiso Jaca remained unanswered at the Gauteng Legislature on Tuesday because of a stalemate over languages.

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko was due to answer questions posed by opposition parties, but will now have to do so another time.

Four official languages are recognised in the legislature.

It was a case of ‘lost in translation’ as the Gauteng Legislature battled without the services of a translator.

Democratic Alliance (DA) members kept firing questions about the salary package paid out to Mabasa and the investigations that swirl around Jaca.

Questions were posed in English while Mazibuko repeatedly answered in Zulu.

The only answer she gave in English was to "refer all questions to the National Police Office".

The Speaker of the house tried to diffuse the situation while the DA members pleaded for the MEC to swap languages or for a translator to be summoned.

However, in the end, the question session was postponed to make way for other business.

(Edited by Tshepiso Moche)

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