President Cyril Ramaphosa has dispatched a delegation to engage with Polish officials, his security staff, and a contingent of South African reporters who are currently stranded at Warsaw Chopin Airport in Poland.
These individuals are unable to leave the plane chartered by South African Airways (SAA), as it carries the weapons belonging to the president’s security personnel, who will accompany him on his upcoming trip to Ukraine for peace negotiations concerning the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
The Polish authorities have communicated to Ramaphosa’s security team that they require the original paperwork validating the presence of the weapons aboard the aircraft.
However, presidential spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya, has refuted these claims.
“It’s a bit difficult to understand what informed the actions that were taken by the Polish authorities. We have a team on the ground consisting of embassy staff and the ambassador engaging with the counterparts and trying to find a speedy resolution to the impasse.”