Pilot tells of filthy prison cell

Shaanaaz de Jager

ONE of the 12 Eastern Cape pilots arrested in Namibia at the weekend briefly described the conditions under which they were kept in one prison cell.

The chairman of Port Elizabeth’s Zwartkops Conservancy, Mike Spearpoint, said in a telephone interview at 11am yesterday: “Cockroaches were crawling on the floor and walls. The cell was very dirty and smelt like pigs’ litter.”

The group’s passports and watches were taken, and their shoelaces removed.

Following their ordeal, they were yesterday travelling to their attorney’s office in Oshakati.

Spearpoint and 11 other pilots, including his son-in- law Peter Bain, were arrested after arriving in a fleet of small planes at Ondangwa airport on Saturday. They were told their flight documents were not in order. They were on a journey to raise funds for the Cancer Association of SA, and had taken off from Grahamstown.

Bain’s wife, Alison, and the wives of three others were with the party, but were not arrested.

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