Ryanair orders South Africans to take Afrikaans quiz…

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Europe’s largest low-cost airline imposed the measure to prevent the use of fraudulent passports, the company said in a statement on Monday.

“If they are unable to complete this questionnaire, they will be denied travel and given a full refund,” Ryanair said.

The quiz contains 15 general knowledge questions about South Africa, including a multiple choice to identify the nation’s capital, according to a copy published by the Beeld newspaper. Others asked which side of the road people were driving on and the name of the highest mountain in the country.

Afrikaans is the third most spoken native language in South Africa, behind Zulu and Xhosa. It is a legacy of the early settlers in the Netherlands in the 17th century, and was a cause of contention during the apartheid era over attempts to enforce its use in schools.

News of the measure caused a backlash on South African social media over the weekend. Alex Macheras, an independent aviation analyst, called it “categorically senseless and discriminatory”.

–With the help of René Vollgraaff.

© 2022 Bloomberg L.P.

By John Bowker and Siddharth Philip
June 6, 2022 at 11:50 a.m. – Updated on June 6, 2022 at 11:50 a.m.
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