Ryan Air proves nationality to South African passengers before traveling by completing tests in Afrikaans, the language used by only 12% of the population, which has long been identified as apartheid and the white minority. I am requesting.
Passengers to the UK need to fill out a “simple questionnaire” as Europe’s largest airline, which does not operate flights to and from South Africa, states that the prevalence of fraudulent South Africa is high. A passport that says there is.
A Dublin-based airline spokesman said, “If they can’t fill out this questionnaire, they will be denied the trip and will get a full refund.”
The South African Ministry of Home Affairs, which warned syndicates selling counterfeit passports, said it would issue a statement on Ryanair’s testing.
South Africa’s British High Commission said on Twitter that the Ryanair test was not a requirement of the British government to enter the UK. The Irish Embassy did not immediately respond to the request for comment.
Low-cost carriers said the test applies to South African passport holders who fly to the United Kingdom from other parts of Europe on the airline. Given that the UK states that it is not a requirement, airlines did not immediately answer the question as to why it applies to those routes.
South African lawyer Zinhle Novazi faced the test on May 29 when Ryanair traveled from Ibiza, Spain to London.
Some questions include specifying South Africa’s tallest mountains, its largest city, and one national holiday.
“I was able to answer the question,” said Novaj, who learned Afrikaans at school but is not a native speaker of the language. After that she was allowed to board the plane.
Novazi sent a letter to South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation on June 1, but did not respond.
The department did not respond to the request for comment.
This test caused a backlash from South Africans in Johannesburg.
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“It’s very discriminatory for many South Africans who don’t speak Afrikaans,” Siphiwe Gwala told Reuters.
“They are using this [test] Conrad Steenkamp, CEO of the Afrikaans Council, said when asked if it was the right way to determine if a passenger was really South African.
Afrikaans is the third most spoken 11 official language in South Africa and is used by 12% of South Africa’s 58 million people. It was considered an official language until the end of apartheid in 1994.
The language was born from the settlement of the Dutch in South Africa in the 17th century and has long been identified by the racial classification and apartheid ideology enforced primarily by white minorities since 1948.