Black people can swim, says airline

2007-11-22 00:00

Crew members donned swimsuits and headed to the public pool in Boksburg, Gauteng, to display their swimming talents yesterday.

The stunt followed media reports earlier this week that the airline said the reason they do not hire enough black people is because “black people cannot swim”.

Comair spokeswoman Glenda Zvenyika said the decision to go to a public pool was “an act of defiance (by crew) against the bizarre claim by the Labour Department that doesn't hire crew who cannot swim”. Zvenyika said swimming is part of the required skills for cabin crew members as mandated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

“Many of's 250 crew members joined the company without swimming skills, but have subsequently been trained, not only to swim, but also to life-save and manage a water evacuation situation. These skills are mandated by the CAA,” she said.

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