Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Friday claimed that President Cyril Ramaphosa may have to send a charter flight to fetch South Africans who are currently stuck in France.
Mbalula was speaking at a press conference on travel ban rules at OR Tambo International Airport.
The strict rules which were being executed in South Africa were also looking for expression towards South Africans in other parts of the world, he said.
He went into detail that South Africa could not disapprove South Africans who wanted to return to their respective country as it was their right. He added, nevertheless, that South Africa would not allow citizens from high-risk countries to enter the country.
High-risk Covid-19 countries consist of China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Spain, Germany, the UK, and the US.
“We have to assist our citizens to come back home. Constitutionally, we can’t bar them,” said Mbalula.
It is not known yet on how many South Africans are on the flight a vessel which landed in France.
“We have citizens of the country who are somewhere in the sea in France and those countries have closed them out, they are crying for the president to help,” said Mbalula.
The South African government may have to charter a flight to fetch the citizens just as Germany was sending four chartered flights to fetch its citizens who are stuck at the port in Cape Town on a cruise ship, the transport minister said.
“In the end, it is about the preservation of our country’s interest,” said Mbalula.
Said Mbalula of the citizens stuck in France: “We may have to fetch them and evacuate them as we did with Wuhan.”