A total of 7 868 items of luggage belonging to South African Airways (SAA) passengers were reported missing from airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London in the three-month period between December 1 and February 29 this year.
This was in stark contrast to figures supplied to Independent Newspapers by SAA last week, the Star reported on Tuesday.
The airline said that according to its figures, about 6 600 of its passengers would have their luggage stolen each year.
According to Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin, most of the luggage -- 7 617 items -- disappeared from OR Tambo International Airport, while 178 SAA passengers at Cape Town International Airport lost their luggage.
Erwin's department supplied the figures in response to a parliamentary question put to Erwin by the Democratic Alliance spokesperson on public enterprises, Manie van Dyk.
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