SAA crew released by police

Police say all 12 South African Airways crew members who arrived back in the country after a drugs bust in...

South African Airways. Picture: Shayne Robinson/SAPA

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Twelve of them arrived back on Wednesday.

Relatives told Eyewitness News that they were interrogated by police for most of the day.

The police’s Tumi Golding said no arrests were made.

“The crew members were questioned and the investigations are continuing and all the crew members were released in the early hours of this morning [Thursday].”

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said the two recent SAA drugs busts must be contextualised.

The organisation’s Jonathan Lucas said it was a problem faced by the rest of the world as well.

“This is a challenge for all commercial carriers people will use any chance they have and take all the risk of arrest and the risk of even losing their jobs in order to make what seems to them to be perfect.”