LISTEN | South Africans in Afghanistan describe the chaos as Taliban forces take capital

17 August 2021 - 14:39 By Paige Muller
A Taliban fighter runs towards crowd outside Kabul airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 16 2021, in this still image taken from a video.
A Taliban fighter runs towards crowd outside Kabul airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 16 2021, in this still image taken from a video.
Image: TV/via REUTERS

Afghan nationals are desperate to leave their country after Taliban forces entered Kabul on Sunday and Western-backed President Ashraf Ghani fled.

The insurgents said they were seeking complete power.

A South African contractor described apocalyptic scenes at Kabul’s airport as panicking Afghan civilians scaled the airport walls and stormed the airfield.

To a backdrop of machine-gun fire and US helicopters thudding overhead, the contractor said the flood of frightened people into the airport perimeter had resulted in commercial flights in and out of the besieged Afghan capital being cancelled.

Days before all commercial flights were stopped and the Taliban took control of Kabul, a South African man decided to pack his bags and flee.

Casper du Plessis, from Bloemfontein in Free State, boarded a Turkish Airlines flight on August 8 and made it out. He is one of the lucky few. 

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