Eric Naki
Political Editor
2 minute read
16 Mar 2020
6:33 am

SAA pilot expresses pride in repatriation flight to China and back

Eric Naki

The Port Alfred-born father of one said yesterday that he did it for the love of his country.

Members of the SANDF dressed in protective gear can be seen escorting some of the 114 repatriated South Africans from Wuhan at the Polokwane Airport before being transported to the quarantine zone at The Ranch Resort, 14 March 2020, Polokwane. Picture: Jacques Nelles

For Captain Bruce Finlay, the trip to Wuhan city in China was the most enjoyable journey of his 25 years of flying South African Airways (SAA) aircraft – and not once did he feel fear or regret to be going there. The Port Alfred-born father of one said yesterday in a telephonic interview from The Ranch Hotel outside Polokwane, where he and other SAA employees have been quarantined with the group of repatriated South Africans, that he did it for the love of his country. Their mission was to repatriate a group of South Africans who were holed up in...