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2013-12-29 14:00

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Football star’s ‘girlfriend’ attacks her SA Airways colleague over ‘advice’

Two SA Airways (SAA) flight attendants have been hauled before a disciplinary panel after allegedly getting into a catfight over a soccer star in London.

Mamelodi Sundowns striker Richard Henyekane is the man believed to be at the centre of the catfight.

The two attendants, Keabetswe Nyathi and a woman known only as Annette, will know their fate early next year. They were represented at a disciplinary hearing by the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union.

A source with a close knowledge of the hearing said it was alleged that Nyathi had physically attacked Annette in London sometime in late November after accusing her of having an affair with Henyekane.

It is believed that Henyekane and Nyathi are in a relationship.

According to evidence presented to the disciplinary hearing, Annette approached Nyathi first to talk about Henyekane.

“She was just giving her advice as a colleague and friend,” said the source.

It is alleged that a fierce argument erupted between the two with Nyathi warning Annette to stop interfering in her relationship.

“Annette apologised and left after seeing that Keabetswe was angry,” the source said.

It is alleged that Nyathi and an unknown woman then went to look for Annette and assaulted her.

“Keabetswe confronted Annette and accused her of sleeping with Richard. Before Annette could say anything, Keabetswe and the woman with her attacked her,” said the source.

Annette filed a formal complaint against Nyathi with their employer, SAA.

“What hurt Annette is that union officials are shielding Keabetswe. During the hearing, they blamed everything on Annette and said she had provoked Keabetswe. If you are provoked, you don’t take the law into your hands and attack your colleague in a foreign country.

“This is unacceptable and has dented the reputation of South Africa abroad,” said the source.

Annette refused to comment yesterday or to give her surname.

“This is an internal matter so I cannot comment,” she said.

Nyathi confirmed the fight between her and Annette. She said she would not apologise for what happened.

“I can’t see why I should apologise for that. But since you have your information, there is no point for me to talk about this,” she said.

SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said: “We confirm that an incident occurred in mid-November this year involving two of our cabin crew members while on duty travel in London.

“The incident was brought to the attention of the company and is being processed in accordance with the internal processes of the airline.”

He said that because of “due process”, the airline would not provide details of the incident.

“Once all internal processes have been exhausted, the company may consider sharing more information on this matter,” said Tlali.

Attempts by City Press to get a comment from Henyekane were unsuccessful.

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