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[WATCH LIVE] BLF disrupts Oppenheimers’ Parly briefing on Fireblade

Business tycoon Nicky Oppenheimer is appearing before the committee to discuss operations at his private terminal at OR International Airport.

Nicki Oppenheimer, his son Jonathan, directors Manne Dipico and Robbie Irons take an oath before Parliament’s home affairs committee to discuss operations at the Fireblade Aviation Terminal at OR Tambo International on 30 October 2018. Picture: Lindsay Dentlinger/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A meeting of Parliament’s home affairs committee was disrupted by a demonstration of Black First Land First (BLF) members on Tuesday.

Business tycoon Nicky Oppenheimer is appearing before the committee to discuss operations at his private terminal at OR International Airport.

The movement called for the Fireblade Aviation terminal to be shut down before they were removed by parliamentary security.

Oppenheimer told the committee on Tuesday that it was untrue the terminal was designed to primarily benefit his family and for exclusive use.

He says there’s no doubt that Minister Malusi Gigaba granted approval for the Fireblade Aviation terminal at a meeting in his Pretoria office in 2016.

But there’s no signed agreement to back it up.

Oppenheimer says it was a last resort to approach the court to enforce the agreement.

“The full bench of the High Court went so far as to say that the minister [Gigaba] had told a deliberate untruth.”

Explanations by Fireblade were interrupted by BLF leader Andile Mngxitama.

“Nicky and his father went to the ANC [African National Congress], they captured the ANC and they are capturing this particular Parliament. What were they doing in the ANC? Fireblade must be shut down!”

Committee chairperson Hlomane Chauke condemned the interruptions, saying the protesters will be reported to the Speaker (Baleka Mbete).

WATCH LIVE: Home Affairs briefing on Fireblade Aviation owners

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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