Parliamentary Question: DPE: Arrested flight attendants and pilots of SAA

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QUESTION NO.: 756

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11 March 2011
756. Mr P J Groenewald (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises:†
(1) How many (a) flight attendants and (b) pilots of the SA Airways (SAA) were arrested abroad (i) in (aa) 2005, (bb) 2006, (cc) 2007, (dd) 2008, (ee) 2009 and (ff) 2010 and (ii) during the period 1 January 2011 up to the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2)(a) In which countries were the (i) flight attendants and (ii) pilots arrested in each specified year, (b) for what offences in each case and (c) how many (i) flight attendants and (ii) pilots (aa) were convicted, (bb) acquitted and (cc) are awaiting the outcome of their cases;
(3) Whether he will make a statement on the matter?

REPLY
(1)(a-b)(i)(aa-ee)(ii) (2)(a)(i-ii)(b-c)(aa-cc) The table below indicates the number of flight attendants of South African Airways (SAA), offence committed and countries where they were arrested from 2005 to date.

were arrested from 2005 to date.

Year

Number of flight attendants and pilots arrested

Countries where they were arrested

The nature of an offence

SAA flight attendants

SAA pilots

SAA flight attendants

SAA pilots

SAA flight

attendants

SAA pilots

2005

2

0

South Africa and Australia

0

Offence: Possession of cocaine.

Outcome: Unknown to SAA and a criminal case followed. Employee was dismissed by SAA.

Offence: Possession of narcotics.

Outcome: Sentenced to 10 years in prison without parole for 5 years.

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year

Number of flight attendants and pilots arrested

Countries where they were arrested

The nature of an offence

SAA flight attendants

SAA pilots

SAA flight attendants

SAA pilots

 

SAA flight attendants

 

SAA pilots

 

2006

2

 

0

United Kingdom

0

Offence: Alleged possession of cocaine and marijuana.

Outcome: Deported back to South Africa and banned from the UK. The case was dropped since UK officials were unable to provide evidence.

0

2007

2

0

Switzerland

0

Offence: Possession of drugs.

Outcome: Charged and convicted.

0

2008

0

0

 

0

0

0

2009

1

0

United Kingdom

0

Offence:

Alleged trafficking in marijuana.

Outcome: Not caught in possession in the UK, released and charged in SA on fraud. Received a fine of R5 000 and a suspended sentence of 5 years.

0

2010

1

0

United Kingdom

0

Offence: Possession of cocaine.

Outcome: Convicted and sentenced to 7 years in prison.

0

2011

1

0

Brazil

0

Offence: Alleged possession of cocaine.

Outcome: Pending court appearance.

0



(3) No statement will be made on the matter.