Ministers don't have to scan hand luggage
Rajaa Azzakani, Die Burger
Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma has instructed the government protocol unit to ensure that no minister is ever again obliged to put hand luggage through an airport scanner.
He emphasised that under the Vienna Convention, VIPs such as ministers are afforded certain privileges and protections.
The president referred to an incident in September when International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane missed a flight in Norway when she declined to put her handbag through a scanner.
The government had to charter a plane at a cost of R200 000 to get her to her next international engagement.
The sections of the convention that deal with diplomats include privileges and protections meant to ensure that diplomatic missions can carry out their duties free from fear of interference.