Xingwana denies k-rant

2012-04-01 16:45

Johannesburg - Women and Children Minister Lulu Xingwana has dismissed as "sensational hot air" a report that she demanded to be upgraded from economy to business class on a flight from Accra, Ghana, her office said on Sunday.

The City Press reported on Sunday that Xingwana allegedly shouted at a white air hostess "shut up, shut up, is it because I am a kaffir?" when her request to be bumped up from economy to business class was refused.

"This one-sided and biased journalism sacrifices the truth at the altar of sensational headlines," said Xingwana's spokesperson Cornelius Monama.

Xingwana had denied the allegations, but the newspaper chose to ignore her version of events, he said.

"The minister dismisses the allegation that she shouted at anyone. She denies having said what she is alleged to have said. The minister never used the k-word nor anything relating to SAA's shareholding."

An unnamed passenger told the newspaper Xingwana refused to let her hand luggage be stowed away for take-off in the incident on Thursday.

"The minister was like a naughty child. She snatched the bag and put it on her lap with her arms locked around it," the passenger said.

"I was shocked and embarrassed. This was a national minister."

When an air hostess told her she could not be upgraded to business class because she held an economy class ticket, Xingwana allegedly responded: "But I am a shareholder of this company."

In a statement, Monama said Xingwana had "politely" asked to be upgraded to business class and was "shocked by the rude and disrespectful attitude she received".

Another SA Airlines employee apologised and explained that the business class section was full.

Monama said it was not clear why the air hostess wanted to take Xingwana's handbag away: "We don't know why it is wrong to put a small hand-bag on one's lap".

In November, Xingwana said in Parliament that, due to her health, she could not fly "la-la class".

  • Hermann - 2012-04-01 16:49

    Jack and Jill went up the hill ..... yes I love fairy tails.

      Squeegee - 2012-04-01 18:02

      She is an April Fool (no)Joke.

      Sharon - 2012-04-01 19:49

      Hahaha Eric - How do you know when a politician is lying? Their lips are moving..

      Schmee - 2012-04-02 07:51

      She's not only a fool in April.

  • Irene - 2012-04-01 16:54

    Any denial whatsoever coming out of an ANC mouth is the truth. FACT!

  • Geronimo - 2012-04-01 16:54

    I can smell a lying pig from a mile away, especially one who has previous history of not wanting to fly economy class.

      Morgaen - 2012-04-01 17:19

      Can Pigs fly?

      Mark - 2012-04-01 17:34

      Yes Morgaen, I was sitting outside just now admiring the birds, when a sounder of pigs flew overhead in a red-star-formation. One particularly plump porker was flanked by bodyguards...

      Jou - 2012-04-01 17:43

      I'm sure that aviation law requires that any passenger disrupting a flight or abusing the crew should be arrested.

      Malans - 2012-04-01 19:45

      Yes, pig can fly. Haven't you heard of "swine flu"?

  • Irene - 2012-04-01 16:55

    This thing's real issue is that nobody else thought she was a VIP (Very Important Pig).

      Kolobe - 2012-04-01 20:12

      typical of white media, why doesnt this "unnamed passenger" come forward. blacks in mzansi are treated so bad even the media has to rub it in

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-04-01 21:43

      @Kolobe - Because the "unamed passenger" will be arrested and locked in jail for something like treason for exposing them for the pigs they are.

      james.m.wood.773 - 2012-07-09 17:14

      that would be "very irritating/ignorant pig" self serving cow who couldn't care less about the people she is supposed to be serving. biatch

  • braamc - 2012-04-01 16:57

    These ministers are so honest and believable. Thieving trash that think they are just so important.

  • Saffa - 2012-04-01 17:00

    Lock it up

  • Katlego - 2012-04-01 17:00

    @Irene and @Geronimo - kwaaaaa! You guys just finished me off, I even scared my puppy! Kwaaaa. The pig is lying and synonymous with bad-mannerism!

  • Judith - 2012-04-01 17:03

    hahahahaha!! what next - this government of w--nkers

      Irene - 2012-04-01 19:49

      LOL! You want to know what's next? These morons now want to tax dog owners. Different tax depending on what size all for the ozone layer!!!! The ANCriminals completely BOGGLE THE MIND!

      Sharon - 2012-04-01 21:56

      O hell Irene, that was Carte Blanche's April Fools bit! I hope they didn't give SARS any bright ideas though!

      Irene - 2012-04-01 22:31

      Sharon ~ Only realised it afterwards. It was so bizarre and therefore quite credible that the ANCriminals would come up with a plan like this. LOL!

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-04-01 17:08

    Why didn't they flock her off the flight for refusing to hand over her luggage??? Oh I remember RSA/SAA is like animal farm... different rules!!!!

      steven.macheke - 2012-04-01 17:20

      If u say RSA is a farm n we r all animals here, wat does it make u?

      Zimbobwe - 2012-04-01 17:36

      Hey Mr Macheke I see you can read but can your brain actually process??? I said it's "like" note "like" animal farm. Do you know what "like" means or do you need another explanation??? I never said RSA is animal farm understand???

  • Halvor - 2012-04-01 17:09

    Next story? She wasn't in Accra, let alone on the plane - and NEVER in economy ..................

  • Pieter - 2012-04-01 17:13

    Can you ever belief a South African politician ????

  • lisa.evansdominick - 2012-04-01 17:16

    for goodness sake if you pay for a lala class ticket you fly lala class... if I buy an economy class ticket I cannot be expected to be upgraded. once again appointed office bearers (public servants who we pay with our hard earned money) thinking that they are bloody royalty... Cause a scene and then deny it, been trained well by everyone in Governemnt.... how I hate this government of ours...

  • hoyingomane - 2012-04-01 17:20

    "An unnamed passenger told the newspaper Xingwana refused....." And you expect us to believe this crap

      werner.smidt - 2012-04-01 21:49

      Well, if they don't know there are cabin rules stating that all hand luggage, bag or whatever, need to be stowed in the overhead or under the seat in front of you, then I do believe it. If she was in the very front row of economy, it stands to reason that there weren't any seats in front of her and therefore had to stow her bag in the overhead compartment until the seatbelt sign was switched off (or whatever the regulation is).

  • William - 2012-04-01 17:21


  • Muhammed - 2012-04-01 17:23

    There needs to be an unbiased investigation into this alleged incident. Witnesses must be interviewed and must be guaranteed protection. If these are the utterances of Minister Lulu Xingwana she should face disciplinary action.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-01 17:26

    Whats lala class

      John - 2012-04-02 11:36

      It's a misprint Supposed to be LuLu class for not so classy ministers. LMFAO

  • arne.verhoef - 2012-04-01 17:31

    Always in denial

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-04-01 17:32

    yeah right and the moon is made of cheese ,if it was me i would put bulky luggage in the hold area of the plane right in between the two nice big luggage bins

  • Morapedi - 2012-04-01 17:37

    So due to her health she cannot fly "la-la class", how nice to f**c around with tax payers money!

  • Vic - 2012-04-01 17:39

    Monama, Passengers are not supposed to have bags on their laps,and I doubt whether it was small.

      betsy.compaan - 2012-04-02 08:19

      Maybe she had her stash in the bag...

      Robsschele - 2012-04-02 13:13

      All her drugs and food that was in that bag. Scared that someone might open it by accident and discover what is inside.

  • mark.booysen - 2012-04-01 17:41

    "In November, Xingwana said in Parliament that, due to her health, she could not fly "la-la class"." What health issues, being an obese oompa loompa.? Quick Xingwana!, grab some toilet paper and wipe your mouth.!

  • Morapedi - 2012-04-01 17:41

    So she could not use a "la-la class" because of her health! how nice to f**c around with tax payers money!

  • Peter - 2012-04-01 17:46

    What does Noxolo Kiviet have to say about this story?

      Michael - 2012-04-02 09:14


  • Crracker - 2012-04-01 18:22

    We have seriously reached the stage - actually long ago - that the ANC and its big wigs are seen as dishonest and unbelievable. Why? The ANC knows the reasons and is motivated thereby to want to regulate the flow of information through the current attempts at legislating against our right to know. The big wigs in the ANC know that is their only escape from justice. But again, why is the inside of a public passenger plane not covered with the most obvious and most (eventually) cost effective and reliable and independent coverage available by video recording? Make it easy in proceedings later on to establish the truth and so also to protect the cabin crew against false accusations. And expose the rubbish behavior by the VIPs (Very Important P...). Pigs deserve our love and affection. I am consequently not referring to pigs.

      Mark - 2012-04-01 18:50

      Churchill remarked that dogs looked up to us, cats looked down on us, but pigs regarded us as equals.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-01 19:06

      I like that, Rustic.

  • Anne-Marie - 2012-04-01 18:33

    Why buy an economy ticket if you know that you cannot fly economy due to your health????

      Nicolaas - 2012-04-01 19:25

      Propably received allowance for Business but bought Economy to use the rest of the allowance to buy something nice......

  • Sarita - 2012-04-01 18:45

    And the truth is we don't belief you.Stop your lies we are not that stupid!

  • Nicolaas - 2012-04-01 19:21

    I fly all the time, normally with Emirates but I have been on South African airlines (SAA, Khalula, etc) and I must admit that the SA air hostesses are not very friendly so yes I can believe that the air hostess was rude. The think that they do the public a huge favour for being there. That's why I now refuse to fly SA airlines.

      thabane.dladla - 2012-04-01 19:44

      I fully agree wth u Nic. The standad of customer in SA is up to sh#t !!!

      thabane.dladla - 2012-04-01 19:44

      I fully agree wth u Nic. The standad of customer in SA is up to sh#t !!!

  • thabane.dladla - 2012-04-01 19:39

    Who is fooling who here?????

  • Shaylene - 2012-04-01 20:00

    Due to her healthy she can't fly la la class, um what health are you talking about? Could it be your mental health dear Minister?

  • Michil - 2012-04-01 21:42

    Here we go again, White and Black, lets highlight personalities rather than were they come from and let us all not forget racism comes from both sides. Professionals should act like professionals and be an example to public.

  • Gregory - 2012-04-01 22:21

    Economy class not good enough for the Anc elite. It is obvious she considers herself better than the common citizens that pay her salary.

  • Mark - 2012-04-01 23:30

    A fat porker flew over my house today and it was flanked by pistol-packing bodyguards.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-04-02 00:35

      You deserve a first prize for Post-apartheid poetry! :)

  • Itse - 2012-04-02 08:48

    Lulu you must know your place,you not any different from an average woman taking a Putco bus to work in the early hours of the morning from the homelands to tend to her domestic job.You directly disrespecting the nation and saying you better than all of us.

  • Chris - 2012-04-02 09:30

    Typical ANC response. Deny and lie.

  • Martha St Clair - 2012-04-02 10:24

    If you want to fly business class, buy a business class ticket. And just by the way, even at the front of the plane you can't take off with a bag on your lap. Have to agree that SAA staff aren't exactly warm and friendly, so who knows, two sides to every story after all :-)

  • Kuno - 2012-04-02 11:20

    if she cant fly la-la class then next time she better buys a tra-la-la ticket.

  • Stephen - 2012-04-02 12:45

    She's obviously one of those fat,useless ANC f..ks that like to lala during Parliamentary sessions but makes sure she's fully awake to gorge herself on fancy food and drink at our tax-payers expense.She's more than likely the fat bitch of a couple of weeks back,who "loves democracy" and takes along the plastic shopping bag to stock up on the eats at all the conventions and presentations, while the masses, who her Dept. are supposed to serve and administer, go without and starve. Bloody vark.

  • Chris - 2012-04-02 12:52

    But are you not one!!!!!!

  • Robsschele - 2012-04-02 13:23

    Everybody is on about her using THE BIG K** or ranting about la-la class. What was she doing in Ghana. She is not foreign affairs or military. Did she go there to sleep in a conference or was there a big dinner on.

  • Rashida - 2012-04-02 14:44


  • Michael - 2012-06-28 10:59

    people like her should be shot

  • Michael - 2012-06-28 11:06

    whos the racist god thers no hope with fat useless pigs like this.

  • clare.benincasa - 2012-07-09 16:14

    A government minister with a small handbag, an unlikely story.

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