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Cope MP apologises for SAA incident

2012-10-19 09:26

Johannesburg - An ad hoc multiparty disciplinary committee has ordered Congress of the People MP Dirk Feldman to apologise for a drunken incident on a flight to India, according to a report on Friday.

The Star reported that Feldman apologised unconditionally to the National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu, the National Council of Provinces - particularly chairperson Mninwa Mahlangu - and Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota on Thursday.

"I've learnt a hard lesson not to drink alcohol with medication," Feldman said.

He was also ordered to repay Parliament the R4 815 allowance he received for the week-long trip to India in July, during which he attempted, while intoxicated, to open an exit as the plane was in flight.

Feldman pleaded guilty to the charges.

The paper reported that it had emerged during the disciplinary hearing that Feldman drank whiskey after taking a sleeping tablet and a headache pill, and the combination hit him "very hard".

Comments
  • Andrea - 2012-10-19 09:30

    He wanted to exit mid-air? And you stopped him? WHY?

      lorna.sisusa - 2012-10-19 09:58

      Because he wasn't alone, that was gonna affect everyone who was in the plane..

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-19 10:04

      @Lorna did you not even notice the sarcasm lol!!

      Andrea - 2012-10-19 10:14

      Thanks terrylee.

      martin.brink.965 - 2012-10-19 10:15

      We are all in the same plane called South Africa... Means nothing to our so called representatives

      smalefane - 2012-10-19 10:16

      They felt sorry for him.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-19 10:25

      What a frikken embarrassment to the people of this country, absolutely no ideas how to conduct themselves in a decent manner, and he is an MP, should be a toilet cleaner at the airport.

      Andrea - 2012-10-19 10:37

      No Bob, can't, that's Bumjee's pat-down room, don't be silly!

      art5SA - 2012-10-19 12:01

      Drunken "VIS-BEK" in an Airplane... EXPECT DISASTER!!!!!

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-10-19 12:02

      He obviously couldn't cope with the amount he drank...

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-10-19 09:35

    If he was a normal person he would be in jail. Civil aviation laws are super tough. He also should not be an MP anymore. Disgraceful.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-19 10:00

      I disagree with you. Yes, I think might be lying re pills etc.........and yes to most 'shouldnts' but he had the grace to apologise, which is most unusual, and I am sure he will never so that again. Look everyone lies.....there are no examples set of how to behave if you are a political figure, :) so let sleeping copes lie.....and be done.

      man.zanilla.73 - 2012-10-19 10:07

      You know that the best candidate for a job is not chosen in this country. That was written into law.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-19 10:39

      He was taken in custody on arrival and sent back with next flight.

  • richard.zanner - 2012-10-19 09:40

    He apologizes then makes and excuse that he took a sleeping pill so he is not really sorry but is lying.

  • Jane - 2012-10-19 09:44

    Urgh, the leaders of this country truly are an embarrassment, no wonder the country is in the state it is in. If our MP's cannot even conduct themselves properly, how can we expect their mindless followers to? Lead by example!

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-19 10:08

      @Jane............too much to expect from an 'emerging country'.... Mr Zuma is hardly and example of how to conduct oneself to our standards. Ne? I am not sticking up for this guy per se, however, he has been lambasted by many, he said sorry, and lost his money. Sjoe....hmmm I forgot the plot too. Look yesterday I went off about the hawks guy being too big for his boots, he apologised, and for me that is enough. We have to go on.

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-19 09:56

    Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege.

  • Thabang - 2012-10-19 09:57

    The Man that believed He can fly. He thought Johnny Walker gives you wings. Apology accepted but no more alcohol for you on official trips.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-10-19 10:53

      He thought an Airbus runs along the ground like a Putcobus or Goldenarrowbus. Air just refers to the aircon.

  • majwarha.balakisi - 2012-10-19 10:00

    His been drinking since they lost in Polokwane. Lol

  • cheryl.moorediers - 2012-10-19 10:06

    At least he apologised, not like other parties. It is never their fault, or they say didn't do it.

  • cheryl.moorediers - 2012-10-19 10:12

    This is SA, at least he apologised. Not like other parties, it is never their fault. Or never guilty until proven.

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-10-19 10:19

    At least he apologised and paid for the "fine".. We will never see this been done by the holigans in the CancER movement.

  • summer.mackenzie.96 - 2012-10-19 10:20

    I actually had no idea Cope was still around

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-19 10:30

    Ha ha ha ha would love to hear a sober response (no pun intended) from Mr. Lekota himself

  • Jacques - 2012-10-19 10:44

    I want to say 'ja let's just move on' but jeeepers what he did was embarrassing not only to himself but to the whole of SA.

  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-19 11:49

    You took alcohol and medication at the same time? Huh!. You gave cocktail a true meaning. Keep it up, sir.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-19 12:08

    Come on Feldman. Don't blame the medicine, or the alcohol. You should not even have been on that plane. You are obviously a moron.

      Andrea - 2012-10-19 12:17

      What was he going to do in India anyway?

  • gladstone.dyonase - 2012-10-19 12:16

    Apology accepted, and I hope these bastards of this government of ours should learn a thing or 2 from this.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-19 14:08

    Should have let him jump. Drunken pig! Medication? Yeah right, you need cyanide!

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