Bother appears to be brewing between Madagascar and South Africa, and it could simply consequence within the lack of the one business flight between the 2 international locations.
Since Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, different business airways have been flying to Madagascar, however Airlink – the one business airline flying from South Africa – could not land in Madagascar, nor every other charters or non-public planes.
The matter revolves round 73.5kg of gold bars and an unknown quantity of international forex, seized at OR Tambo Worldwide Airport from travellers from Madagascar in 2020.
On the time the gold bars have been valued at R61 million and an aviation business supply allegedly acknowledged that among the many confiscated items have been gem stones that totalled as much as an extra R20 billion, studies the Every day Maverick.
This sparked large controversy in Madagascar, with a number of senior authorities officers in Madagascar allegedly implicated within the smuggling operation. In January 2021, 12 individuals have been arrested, together with the secretary-general of Madagascar’s civil aviation authority, the pilots and workers of the airline in query and the airport safety workers.
Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina’s authorities has demanded the return of the seized loot, in addition to the three travellers who’re at present in jail in South Africa. Nonetheless, South African authorities is insisting that the three travellers dedicated an offence in South Africa and have to be held right here beneath a courtroom of regulation.
Airlink Chief Government Officer Rodger Foster acknowledged that he had been intently working with Rajoelina’s authorities and South Africa’s ambassador to Madagascar, Sisa Ngombane, to raise the ban.
The airline denies knowingly facilitating the transport of contraband and famous that the flight carrying the seized loot and three travellers have been operated by a Malagasy firm.
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