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Ryanair suspends controversial test for South Africans |  for travel

Ryanair suspends controversial test for South Africans | for travel

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has stopped a controversial test for South African travelers. This was announced by CEO Michael O’Leary. The award winning fighter asked travelers with a South African passport to answer a series of questions about the country in Afrikaans. But this language is spoken by only a small percentage of South Africans and has strong links to apartheid.

O’Leary now points out that Ryanair itself did not consider the test appropriate. “That’s why we stopped the African test.” According to the CEO, his company tried to respond to the increased use of fake South African passports to enter the European Union. “We will be fined 2,000 euros per passenger traveling from Bodrum to Dublin with a false South African passport.”

The test, which was not imposed by the government, has brought a lot of criticism to Ryanair. Not only did human rights organizations protest this, but the South African government was also outraged by the test. O’Leary now believes that the African country must “solve its problems”.

South Africa has eleven official languages, including Afrikaans. The language associated with Dutch was the official language of the apartheid regime and was also used to oppress the black population. Their own languages ​​were not recognized in the country at that time.