Some 270 South Africans who arrived home from the United States on Monday afternoon are stranded at an airport in the commercial capital, Johannesburg, according to local media reports.
The group was to be quarantined for 14 days on arrival, but were left in minibuses with their belongings on the tarmac at Oliver Tambo International Airport, according to the reports.
South Africa pro-surfer Jordy Smith and his wife are among those stranded.
Multiple SA surfing champion @jordysmith88 speaks to from the airport tarmac in Johannesburg – where around 200+ returning South Africans have been waiting in the freezing cold for 5 hours+
Waiting to be taken into quarantine.
— Team News24 (@TeamNews24) May 4, 2020
He told journalists at the airport that they had not been given any information on where they are to be taken. Matthew Kalil told News24 news website that: “There’s no one from the government here, no one from the department of health”.
He said airport staff had allowed them to use toilet facilities.
A spokesperson of the ministry of public works is quoted as saying they are aware of the situation and that there were reasons for it.
South Africa began easing coronavirus restrictions on Monday after five weeks of lockdown.
more recommended stories
Zimbabwe’s imposing new Chinese-funded parliament opens
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwean President Emmerson.
Zimbabwe opposition leader Godfrey Sithole released on bail after 150 days in prison
Godfrey Sithole, an opposition lawmaker in.
‘South Africa’s Home Affairs lacks capacity to deal with Zimbabwean permit holder’
Immigration stakeholders such as the Helen.
Kenya and South Africa agree on visa-free entry
Kenya and South Africa have agreed.
SA officially seizes R9 million gold from Zimbabwean man who attempted to smuggle it
Pretoria – The High Court in.
Influencer ‘Ray Hushpuppi’ jailed for 11 years in US
A notorious Instagram influencer from Nigeria.
Zimbabwe launches first ever nano satellite into space
Zimbabwe on Monday announced the launch.
19 reported dead in Tanzania plane crash
A Tanzanian passenger plane has crashed.