Court orders S.Africa to release Tanzania plane

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By The Sun

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, September 4, 2019 — A South African court has today, September 4, ordered the release of an Air Tanzania (ATCL) plane seized two weeks ago over a debt claim against the Tanzania government.

The court, sitting in Gauteng Lower Division, has been hearing the contested case of the Airbus A220-300 that was impounded during a scheduled flight to Johannesburg.

Tanzania government which owns the aircraft argued that the plane was illegally held and wants it released.

The farmer Hermanus Steyn successfully sought the order to withhold the aircraft to force payment which he says is owed to him by the Tanzania government which nationalized his farms in 1982.

Judge Wepener had summoned the parties in the case to appear before him at 1000Hrs South African time.

The ruling has come exactly a fortnight since the aircraft was seized at the OR Tambo International Airport following a court order which was issued by the same court on August 23.

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