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Impounded Air Tanzania plane allowed to leave South Africa

Wednesday September 4, 2019
Impounded Air Tanzania plane allowed to leave South Africa

 

A South African court has set aside an earlier decision to impound an Air Tanzania plane, a BBC reporter has tweeted from the court.

On August 24, the plane, an Airbus 220-300, had been prevented from taking off from South Africa’s capital Johannesburg because of a court injunction.


A lawyer had argued in court that a retired farmer was owed at least $13 million in compensation after his land was seized by the Tanzanian government in the 1980s.

The Tanzanian authorities acknowledge that the farmer is owed money, but their lawyer believes South Africa has no jurisdiction over the dispute.

On the other hand, Roger Wakefield who is representing Mr Hermanus Steyn insists that a Prima facie case exists and that a trial court should determine the merits of the case and prospects of success.

According to Steyn's lawyer, Mr Wakefield, the test for a prima facie have been satisfied.

Mr Steyn's case dates back to 1982 when the government of Tanzania nationalised of his farm and other properties.

The properties included Rift Valley Seed Ltd, Hashman Estate Ltd, Lente Estate Ltd, Loldebis Ltd, Mayoka Estate Ltd, and Tanganyika Air Ltd.