If it were the 1st of April one may have thought that it was an April Fool’s joke when it was reported that Ryanair is only allowing South Africans holding a South African passport to fly on their airline if the passengers achieve a 100% correct pass rate on 15 questions set in Afrikaans, and to be answered in Afrikaans!
Ryanair has confirmed that the test is not a hoax, the airline experiencing a high percentage of fake South African passports used by its passengers. The test is only available in Afrikaans, even if one is not an Afrikaans-speaking citizen of our country! Afrikaans is third in number of persons speaking the language, following Zulu and Xhosa in first and second places. South Africa has 12 official languages, sign language recently having been added.
English-speaking citizens of South Africa who do not achieve 100% in the test, are refused boarding on Ryanair flights, blatant ‘racial discrimination’ reports CNN.
Ironically words in two of the first ten questions are incorrectly spelt.
The South African Department of Home Affairs says in response to the ‘backward’ Ryanair debacle that it can validate South Africa travel documents.
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