Paralympian Pillay slams SAA

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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.

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

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.

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