SOUTH AFRICA: An Italian national carrying a South African passport was barred from entering South Africa on Wednesday afternoon after arriving at OR Tambo International Airport on an unauthorised private chartered flight from Zimbabwe.

According to the Department of Transport’s spokesperson, Ayanda-Allie Paine, the flight was not cleared by the department a requirement during the 21-day national lockdown, aimed at curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Travel bans have been put in place as part of the nationwide lockdown.

With the intervention of the South African Police Service (SAPS), the flight left the South African airspace at 19:50, returning to Harare, Zimbabwe.

Full investigation into the incident and consequence management are underway.