The South African delegation has at last disembarked from the plane that landed in Poland’s capital, Warsaw, on Thursday afternoon.
The SAA chartered flight was carrying President Cyril Ramaphosa’s security details and a media pack invited to cover the African peace mission to Ukraine and Russia.
Journalist Pieter Du Toit from News24 tweeted a few minutes ago: “We’ve disembarked, after another haranguing by Polish authorities.
“A South African SAPS [police] official, clearly frustrated after 26 hours holed up in the plane, telling the Poles: ‘Just because we’re from Africa doesn’t mean you can disrespect us.’ We’re going to the terminal.”
The Polish authorities have denied they were being racist, insisting that some passengers did not have the correct paperwork to bring weapons into the country.