Drunk MP arrested on SAA flight

2012-07-09 07:46

Cape Town - SAA has confirmed an incident in which an MP was arrested on board a flight to Mumbai.

reported that Dirk Feldman, a Cope MP from Gauteng in the National Council of Provinces,  was travelling as part of an official parliamentary delegation to India on Saturday when he apparently had a few drinks too many and suddenly decided to leave the plane.

He began fumbling with the emergency door, trying to open it.

Cope’s chief whip, Dennis Bloem, said he was embarrassed about the incident.

“They detained him for a few hours at the airport and then released him, after which he was sent home. He apparently drank too much and they said he was behaving badly.”

An SAA official said incidents like this are rare.

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-07-09 07:51

    Just Keep Walking

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-09 08:09

      And not even arrested??????????????????????????????

      sticky.toffee - 2012-07-09 08:23

      Too much klippies and coke....met Eish Ja ;)

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-09 08:28

      Too much Red Bull ?

      erich.goosen - 2012-07-09 08:34

      Don't be to hard on this chap. He fell into a deep sleep and was dreaming that he was 'crossing the floor' to seek refuge in the arms of a new political party. Terror's prolonged obligatory absence from Parliament due to the Speaker's actions were just too much for him!

      Barryboots - 2012-07-09 08:38

      Couldn't COPE with all the free booze... :D

      neil.vanheerden.39 - 2012-07-09 09:02

      Would have been nice if it was one of zoomers private planes and he did manage to get the door open... These current government clowns remind me of DoDo birds.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-09 09:13

      I would also consider jumping rather than being in COPE.

      dean.armitage.351 - 2012-07-09 09:22

      "Give that man a Bells!"

      tracey.baard - 2012-07-09 10:45

      it's the Gravy Plane!

      Zip - 2012-07-09 10:46

      this is the type of MPs we have. rubbish.

      Klippies - 2012-07-09 10:46


      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-09 11:47

      There went the potential for a great Darwin award - only problem is that he would have sucked in, or more currectly out, a whole bunch of innocent travellers in his abrupt exit - had he succeeded in his quest. Thank goodness for safety measures and the laws of air-flow.

      winston.mullany - 2012-07-09 12:59 the plane!

      Klippies - 2012-07-09 13:01

      @Scouter - the whole sucked out thing has been created by hollywood, it doesn't quite work like that

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-09 14:41

      Ummm Klippies - I beg to differ. A fuselage is a pressurised invironment moving through a rarefied atmosphere. Same reason astronauts wear space suits.... and Air Wardens carry dumbed down ammo.

      James - 2012-07-09 15:00

      @scouter - The pressure difference you mention is exactly the reason why you wouldn't be able to open an airplane door at altitude. Google it if you like.

      Preshen - 2012-07-09 16:14

      Met eish ya

      lownabester - 2012-07-09 22:17

      A Capie and Johnny walker not a good combination.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-07-10 08:36

      @ Alicia - Its not "free booze". You pay for it as part of your ticket payment.

  • Monster Monti - 2012-07-09 07:54

    Panic attack

      Squeegee - 2012-07-09 09:15

      For a moment he thought he was in the ANC...

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-10 14:57

      No he thought he was on Zumas gravy plane and thought he was on the wrong flight so he couldnt cope

  • asandangwane - 2012-07-09 07:54

    Krkrkrkr jto lolest, what is happening for the gvt.

      philani.goba - 2012-07-09 09:07


      Randomhero6661 - 2012-07-09 10:05

      krrr krrr krrr ... that's all i here right now.

  • Ian - 2012-07-09 07:58

    hic hic ive had to mukkkking fuchhh wofffficaar

      nicholas.roberts.1291 - 2012-07-09 08:38

      Take me drunk im home again!

      Ian - 2012-07-09 08:41

      @nicholas LOL LOL

  • Ryno - 2012-07-09 08:00

    ai ai ai...

  • - 2012-07-09 08:02

    Disgraceful; probably never been first class before and like a teenager around free drinks!

      Gary - 2012-07-09 09:10

      No need to be in first class to get free drinks.......

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-07-09 09:33

      SAA dont have first class.... Id blame the hostie for serving him drinks whilst he gets drunk, cant they use their DF and stop after drink number 10!

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-07-09 10:06

      maybe he was a cheap drunk and only had 3? where is your ten now?

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-07-09 13:37

      yes because he is twelve like you, so he gets drunk in 2 seconds, "randomhero6661"

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-07-09 16:17

      aha haha good one but my eleven year old brother has better comebacks than that...

  • Ierefaan Varind - 2012-07-09 08:05

    i believe i can fly....

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-07-09 10:08


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  • Mark - 2012-07-09 08:09

    He should have been expelled from all of his duties and perks as MP, and locked up for endangering hundreds of people. Intoxication is not a mitigating factor. If he is prone to outbursts when under the influence of alcohol, then he should not be drinking. Full stop.

  • herman.mouton - 2012-07-09 08:10

    maybe he could'nt Cope??

  • wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-07-09 08:10

    The Man coudnt Cope with the Klipdrift and cola..

  • Tishan - 2012-07-09 08:13

    People do make mistakes.. getting a warning letter and thats it.. why must u now loose your job.. damn

      Mark - 2012-07-09 08:17

      I wonder if your opinion would be the same had you been on that plane and seen the man fiddling with the emergency escape hatch.

      phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-07-09 08:47

      Tishan... this is an elected official, supposed to set standards that others can follow... this man has an influence on laws that are made to GOVERN the people, and he cant even govern his own actions. If this is acceptable behaviour, by all means, vote for the baffoon... It is due to the fact that so many are willing to accept low standards of moral behaviour, that our country is in the state that it is. Fire the man, get some-one in his place that are there to serve the people, rather than one that is there to get as much free stuff as is possible, and then not able to handle it. If he has so little regard for himself, and his fellow passengers, he should not be in a leadership position....

      ivan.frantz.3 - 2012-07-09 09:56

      You call this a mistake ? I would say that this is irresponsible bad behaviour and misconduct !!!

  • mveleli.zacharia.7 - 2012-07-09 08:17

    Cope cope cope ( the Confusion of the People ) up the boooooooooze

  • lephans.lufuno - 2012-07-09 08:18

    Damn dis guy is a clown indeed. What an ambaressment and a disgrace to the fumbling cope and to the nation as a whole. I think he should be released from his duty and be banned of using flight.

      lindaawhelan - 2012-07-09 09:31

      Indeed, what must the international community think about South Africa when they witness this behaviour from our elected officials? Fire him.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-09 14:44

      LOL...What does the " international community " think about South Africa who are led by a president with multiple wives & offspring ?

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-07-09 08:19

    He couldn't COPE.

  • antin.herinck - 2012-07-09 08:23

    To this moron: don't drink and fly.

      ntshembolloyd.shibambu - 2012-07-09 08:55

      kikikikikikikiki whooooohahaha ey

  • senamile.ndlovu.7 - 2012-07-09 08:26

    The poor man couldn't COPE wth d plane plus few drinks, he need some vacation leave.

  • sika.ncamane - 2012-07-09 08:27

    LMAO give that man another Bells bwahahahahahahah

  • Ndivhuho Munyai - 2012-07-09 08:30

    Too much Bells!....

      SARealist - 2012-07-09 08:47

      Don't give that man a BELLS!

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-09 08:30

    Embarrassment is par for the course with Cope. They are so used to embarrassment, this is just another drop in the ocean. Would love to hear Lekota's reaction.

  • Paco - 2012-07-09 08:34

    that's what happens when u put a redneck on a plane

  • Thembi - 2012-07-09 08:37

    Barbaric indeed

  • jonathan.seagul.5 - 2012-07-09 08:38

    Eish Dirkie. No class!!!! Sies man.

  • patrick.ooro - 2012-07-09 08:39

    Funny as it is, is this the caliber of politicians COPE wants us to vote for?

      alfie.dunn - 2012-07-09 09:43

      Yeh @ patrickooro, that is probably his only downfall. He probably had a few to many and now he is crucified and insulted. Ever asked yourself if he was probably dealing with personal problems, or he was faced with something he could not get around except go through the bottle. Quick to point a finger and lash out at the guy. But nothing is said about the ANC when they are caught red handed, because then it's racist...

  • willieburgersa - 2012-07-09 08:42

    The guy from Cope went to India with hope travelled with other MP's by plane drank a bit and more to stay sane craved a sigaret in despair and opened the door midair...

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-09 08:42

    seems this oke couldn't cope

  • Lindelwa - 2012-07-09 08:43

    All politicians r the same, especialy from the useles parties. COPE which is anyway ANC lite is 4lowing after the footsteps of big brother ANC.

  • hercules.erasmus.1 - 2012-07-09 08:44

    And this is a leader? What an embarresment!

  • Brilliant Sibisi - 2012-07-09 08:44

    Lock up the effing bastard on terrorism charges!...

  • Thembi - 2012-07-09 08:45

    Zapiro I can't wait for your cartoon on this one kikiki

      sabiha.lockhat - 2012-07-09 12:28

      ha yes will be preeety interesting!!

      Hugo - 2012-07-10 17:52

      forget it,that one has an axe to grind with zoomy

  • alisha.abad.7 - 2012-07-09 08:45

    He should be charged to the full extent of the law.

  • stephan.coetzee.14 - 2012-07-09 08:46

    Probably could not Cope woth the SAA airline food...anyway if I was on that flight and a politician wanted to evacuate you'd have heard me...jump jump jump !

  • Vicnesh - 2012-07-09 08:47

    ish seems he can't COPE with flying and alcohol at the same time

  • sika.ncamane - 2012-07-09 08:47

    Blame it on the ANC they are giving you too much stress

  • alu.ntsandeni - 2012-07-09 08:47

    hahaha.. what a clown

  • provence.poppies - 2012-07-09 08:52

    Anythings possible in RSA. Welcome to the zoo.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-07-09 17:07

      More npeanuts and bananas for you here

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-07-09 08:55

    Could not COPE! Ha! Ha!

  • jeremy002 - 2012-07-09 08:57

    It is a pity that they could not just let him leave the plane.

  • ewanvb - 2012-07-09 08:57

    First they banned smoking on the flights, hopefully next they will ban alcohol also and just serve soft drinks on the planes, just think how much SAA would save on the drinks alone.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-09 08:59

    An MP, that's the type of people that SA vote for.What a shame!!!!

  • sizwe.bwana - 2012-07-09 09:02

    Copeless, that should be the party name. Bunch of gravy train wannabes.

  • cobusvanstaden0506 - 2012-07-09 09:04

    They should have allowed him to get off!One less mouth to feed.

  • maedas.gololo - 2012-07-09 09:08

    He need a steel sjambok 4 goin off de tangent.

  • Gavin - 2012-07-09 09:19

    all the more reason to limit the consumption of alcohol during long trips, can you imagine what would've happened if he'd been able to get the door open ? Cope are a joke, instead of becoming effective opposition to the ANC they've become like that member of the family no one talks about.

  • william.sudding - 2012-07-09 09:21

    Expel him from the party for conduct unbecoming an official.

  • robqb - 2012-07-09 09:26

    He's an MP?? Mislikke ???????. Do these things still surprise us in the NEW South Africa. No wonder the youngsters and "police force" are going down the tubes. Perfect example!!!!

  • alfie.dunn - 2012-07-09 09:31

    I'd say, trying to open the door while in flight is not just a few drinks to many. It's way over board and obviously this man cannot handle his alcohol and he can't COPE.

      gregory.stow - 2012-07-09 10:48

      he thought it was the fridge door hahaha

  • tim.yagan - 2012-07-09 09:45

    At the end...he just couldn't COPE :)

  • neville.lollan.75 - 2012-07-09 09:54

    Drunk prison warder still on the job, Minister of Parliament drunk on fligh to Mumbai arrested , Parliament to act on MP absenteesm The list goes on & on & still more acts of ill discipline are printed & broadcasted by the media daily What is the government doing about this? NOTHING! This is ANC culture you can accept or hate it but this is what we teach our MP's ,business leaders, followers, army & scholars. We do this without fear or favour & anybody that has anything to say " shut up you bloody racist " This is really very sad, remember those days when..the young men that had to go for millitary training, they were so well mannered it was a pleasure to stop and give those men a ride when you saw them hicking to or from wherever they came & listen to their stories about the strict military trainig that they had undergo without feeling a twitch of remorse because we new that it was going to serve them well in the future Today we are raising bandits as scholars , teachers , nurses , doctors , managers in the workplace & militia. South Africa you have lost all your glory including your beliefs & dont give me the " we are a country of mixed cultures BULLDUST" America & England are also countries that have mixed cultures & yet they open their parliamentary sittings with a prayer & start school by saying the Lords prayer The Lords prayer " Our Father in Heaven " is universal to Islam , Jewish Black, Coloured & Indian why dont we revert back to it for " The Love Of God " I PRAY

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-07-09 09:59

    ok, so i drink, but not usually while flying especially if it's on work time. i've met offshore workers on flights who are going home for a break and understandably some of them order a line-up of red wine, then brandy after brandy ... it worries me for those who cannot hold their liquor. my big question is??? why are passengers not given limited alcohol and why is it necessary to serve alcohol on a flight anyway???