Tyrone Pillay celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the men's Shotput T36 event of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Picture: Antonio Lacerda

Cape Town - South African Paralympian Tyrone Pillay has slammed South African Airways on Twitter after the airline apparently refused to allow his prosthetic leg on board.

Pillay won a bronze medal in shotput at the Paralympics in Rio this month and arrived back in the country along with his teammates on Tuesday.

It was unclear where Pillay was flying to with SAA, but the athlete lives in Durban.

At abut 12pm on Tuesday Pillay tweeted: “Worst airline to fly with @flysaa. Terrible treatment of a Paralympic athlete as the staff refuse to allow my prosthetic leg on board.”

A few minutes later he tweeted: “Can't believe I get treated like this after winning a medal for our country. Totally disrespectful @flysaa”

About an hour-and-half later, SAA tweeted him back saying: Hi @pillaytyrone may we request that you please DM us and let us know what happened.