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SA air hostess held in Brazil over cocaine

File: Confiscated bags containing cocaine
Image caption A number of SAA staff have been held on drug-related charges over the past few years

A South African air hostess is being held in jail in Brazil after she was allegedly found with 5kg (11lb) of cocaine, her airline says.

A South African Airways (SAA) spokesman said the woman was arrested over the weekend at Sao Paulo airport.

Last year, an SAA employee was sentenced to seven years in jail in the UK after she was found with 3kg of cocaine strapped to her body.

It was said to have had a street value of $180,00 (£120,000).

SAA spokesman Fani Zulu said the employee - who has worked for the company for 12 years - had been due to fly to Johannesburg.

He gave no other details about how the cocaine was found or what charges she may face.

In 2009, SAA said all baggage belonging to its staff would be searched after its crews flying into Heathrow Airport in the UK were found with large quantities of drugs.

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