Cope MP denies he was drunk on flight

2012-07-13 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The Cope MP who was sent home after he allegedly got drunk on a flight to Mumbai and tried to open the emergency door now denies the whole incident.

Cope chief whip Dennis Bloem said yesterday he had spoken with Dirk Feldman, who now denies he was drunk.

On Sunday, Bloem said feedback from the delgation to India was that Feldman was drunk and unruly on the flight. He was apparently detained at Mumbai airport for several hours.

National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu and Mninwa Mhlangu, chair of the National Council of Provinces, confirmed the incident.

According to a statement from Parliament, the two presiding officers, who joined the delegation later, received a report from delgates who were present.

Bloem said: “In subsequent discussions with Feldman, who did not deny the allegations against him, it was decided to send him home.”

But Bloem said yesterday Feldman now denies he was detained, or that he tried to open the door.

He also denied the allegations of drunkeness.

Feldman, who has two children and is from Pretoria, said in reply to questions that he would meet Cope leaders on Monday and would not comment further.

“He must put his version in writing. To be fair, it must be considered along with the delegation’s report and a decision be taken,” said Bloem.

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