In a statement released on Saturday, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation announced the repatriation of 29 musicians and artists who were stranded in Turkey.
According to the statement, “the group was meant to fly home, when flights were grounded due to the coronavirus pandemic.”
“These artists are said to be from disadvantaged backgrounds and were unable to afford the airfare on a Turkish Air flight that was flying to South Africa on 22 May 2020,” it goes on to say.
The artists were part of a group of 93 South Africans granted approval to board a flight to South Africa arranged by the Turkish Government to airlift its Nationals stranded here and in neighbouring countries. “They arrived last night and were taken to a government facility for mandatory quarantine.”
— Department of Arts & Culture (@ArtsCultureSA) May 23, 2020