- The death of an SAA staff member was announced recently
- Tebatso Nakedi Ntshane worked on the flight to repatriate citizens from Wuhan and initial reports suggested that she died due to Covid-19
- Her family and the SANDF condemned those false reports and confirmed that cancer-related complications led to her demise
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Tebatso Nakedi Ntshane worked as part of the cabin crew on the SAA flight to repatriate South Africans from Wuhan, China.
News recently broke of her tragic death and social media went wild, as some reported that she lost her life due to Covid-19.
Understandably, the news sparked fear and hysteria, but her family has come out to set the record straight.
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TimesLIVE reported that Ntshane's family and the SANDF have condemned the fake reports and confirmed that she suffered from cancer.
Briefly.co.za understands that she lost her life due to cancer-related complications on Sunday.
The family expressed their dismay and concern over the fake news and the SANDF cautioned the public not to spread fake news related to Covid-19.
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Family spokesman Elias Mazibila indicated that the controversy surrounding her death as complicated the mourning process for the family.
Mazibila said, “It was really bad. I had to come and talk to her mother, who is taking her death hard. The family have accepted the apology."
He added, “Her 11-year-old son misses his mother a lot. As a family we will always remember and miss her laughter."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that members of that Wuhan group have now asked the South African government to fly them back to China.
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor confirmed that government has declined the request and that repatriation has thus far cost approximately R10-million.
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