SAA drug scandal bad for SA

2009-02-19 00:00

Cape Town - Cabinet have asked Safety and Security Minister Nathi Mthethwa to urgently put strict security measures in place at all South Africa's airports, following the arrest of 15 SA Airways staff earlier this week in a R3,6-million cocaine bust at London's Heathrow Airport.

Cabinet spokesman Themba Maseko voiced extreme concern about the arrest of the crew members, saying the development is causing "untold and incalculable damage" to the reputation of South Africa's national airline, the country and its people.

Briefing the media after yesterday's cabinet meeting, Maseko conceded "Brand South Africa'' has taken a knock in recent weeks, with the SAA scandal, the British visa saga and the ongoing cholera crisis.

"A lot of good work goes into ensuring that we are seen as a modern, succeeding nation. I am sure that brands do go through difficult periods. These negative reports are not good for our country," he said.

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