As South Africa continues its downward spiral, we shouldn’t be shocked to learn about problems that continue to emerge.
In an article by Kwame Hagan, in Worldsfinestdestinations, we learn about luggage-handlers stealing items, and South African Airways’ lack of concern:
It is now evident to me that South African Airways (SAA), the national flag carrier and largest airline of South Africa, is the hub of real thieves who steal from its passengers without shame. And if you, unfortunately, become a victim of their habitual robbery, be prepared to be treated with gross disdain…
I quickly opened the bag to check if all my personal belongings were intact. To my utter dismay, my black Pierre Cardin suit, with its trouser, had been stolen. Not only that, but the baggage handling crew had also stolen my Tom Ford Private Blend fragrance – Tuscan Leather – and left the case in the bag. As to how they got to know there was a fragrance beneath my clothes in the bag still amazes me. This gives details to how deep they dug into my bag and how long the handling crew has been doing this.
Back to the issue of my suit, my fold-over garment bag which contained two white long sleeve shirts and two pairs of suits (Kenneth Cole and Pierre Cardin) was folded and put on top of my clothes in the bag. When they opened my checked baggage, they went a step further to open my fold-over garment bag and made away with one of the pair of suits, leaving the other suit and other flying ties behind…
From the many accounts I read online after my incident, this is not the first time a passenger on board South African Airways has experienced and reported an issue of this nature but it seems the operators of the airline do not give a hoot about the complaints of the passengers. This simply implies that South African Airways condones such act. Or could it be that that’s another source of revenue generation for the airline – stealing from passengers and possibly selling the stolen items?…
In Lusaka, I contacted the South African Airways office and lodged an official complaint. The lady I spoke to asked me to contact their department at the airport. I immediately did but the lady seemed totally unconcerned (even the hotel I booked was) – maybe she will indirectly benefit from the proceeds of my stolen items.
As word of this scandal spreads, it’s only natural that South African Airlines will eventually collapse – or be artificially propped up with government subsidies.
As fewer and fewer people patronize such corrupt South African institutions, it’s also inevitable that the blame will be laid at the feet of “racism.”
This is similar to the phenomenon of urban-American “food deserts,” where we’re told that quality grocery stores shy away from certain ethnic neighborhoods due to racism – even though we all know the actual reason is the high incidence of theft (robberies and shoplifting).
At this rate, South Africa will become a giant “business desert,” where few reputable companies dare do business – due to high levels of crime and corruption.
… so that the process can continue in Europe and America. This is why borders are important.