Am sure the Zimbabwe’s first lady will be by now regretting her act because SA government and South Africans are in no way taking it lightly with the Zim first lady. While the South African Government has granted First Lady Grace diplomatic Mugabe immunity, another crisis has emerged as the airline run by her son in law Simba Chikore soon had its flights grounded.
Grace Mugabe, who failed to attend court during the week, has since been allowed to return to Harare and avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of her son Chatunga’s 20-year-old female friend.
A report says that the South Africa’s Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has grounded all Air Zimbabwe Flights with immediate effect. But local journalists have been able to ascertain that only one Air Zimbabwe flight departing from OR Tambo International Airport was cancelled on Friday afternoon. However the airline’s operation in South Africa has not been grounded, News24 reports saying.
But the blog continues to claim that all Air Zimbabwe operated flights will not be allowed to land or take off through any airports within the country. Tonight’s scheduled flight, due to take off at 18:55 was initially delayed, before being denied permission to take off altogether, the report says.
Aviation experts quoted by the blog allegedly said it is improbable that Mugabe’s plane would be grounded.
“It may be like when CAAZ banned Fly Africa. Fly Africa chartered a plane to service all passengers who had paid tickets. Its not exactly the same, but with regards to the UM1 being a private charter, it probably means Mugabe will be fine”, a source within SACAA stated.
Air Zimbabwe is operated by Mugabe’s son in-law, Simba Chikore, who despite being the Chief Operations Officer, now runs the airline. He recently spearheaded a project aimed at rescuing the airline, acquiring planes from Malaysia and renaming the airline Zimbabwe Airways.