Sis­ter de­fends stew­ardess

Post - - Front Page - CHARLENE SOMDUTH

THE sis­ter of SAA flight stew­ardess Priya Goven­der, pic­tured, who is due in an Aus­tralian court to­day for al­legedly im­port­ing 6kg of co­caine worth more than R1 mil­lion hid­den in books, has sprung to her de­fence.

POST broke the story last week and it has gar­nered more than 1 800 com­ments on Face­book.

If found guilty, the 32-year-old former Phoenix woman, who was ap­par­ently due to get mar­ried next month, could face life im­pris­on­ment.

While the rest of Goven­der’s fam­ily refuse to speak about the in­ci­dent, her younger sis­ter, Sharmini Leigh Goven­der, lashed out at Face­book com­men­ta­tors, say­ing her sib­ling was in­no­cent.

“What hap­pened to ‘in­no­cent un­til proven guilty’?” the sis­ter, who de­scribed her­self as a Dur­ban bar­tender, wrote.

“In­stead of stand­ing for the ci­ti­zen or fel­low race u guys can sit and judge the next and we call our­selves the rain­bow na­tion. Waan be talk­ing about morals.

“My sis­ter worked ex­tremely hard to get where she is to­day, and I look up to her as a role model, none of you know her ac­com­plish­ments in life nei­ther do your’ll know the im­pact she has had in life (sic).”

Priya, she said, was “noth­ing like what you nasty peo­ple de­scribe her as... guilty or not, my sis­ter or not, she has a right to a case and in­ves­ti­ga­tion like any other hu­man be­ing. “Thank you to the many strangers that ac­tu­ally used their brains to think that this (is) maybe a set up. Good to know SA got some peo­ple with some com­mon sense and not judge­men­tal traits.”

She re­ferred to a quote from the POST ar­ti­cle.

“A 32-year-old, soon to be mar­ried fe­male who re­ally does and al­ways will have the world at her feet isn’t stupid enough to go and pur­posely do some­thing like this. In­no­cent un­til proven guilty.”

SAA spokesper­son Tlali Tlali said the air­line had no fur­ther com­ment to make.

The air­line con­firmed last week that one of its cabin crew was ar­rested after be­ing al­legedly found with il­le­gal sub­stances at Perth Air­port.

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