SAA: Alleged mid-air racist comments fly on flight

2012-02-25 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Alleged racist comments to a South African Airways (SAA) cabin crew member almost landed a passenger in the dock yesterday.

An air hostess laid a charge against a passenger on a flight from Durban to Johannesburg on Thursday, alleging he called her “you black monkey” during an argument after she told him to turn off his cellphone.

The man, whose name is known to sister paper Beeld, was arrested when he disembarked.

His version, according to a source, was that he called the woman a “blerrie mannetjie” (bl***y little man) and that she misheard him.

The man was released on free bail and was expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court yesterday on a charge of crimen injuria and offences under the civil aviation act.

However, the case was not on the roll, apparently because the prosecutor felt there was not enough evidence in the docket.

Attempts to get comment from both SAA and the Airports Company of South Africa were not successful yesterday.

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