The South African Cabin Staff Association, which represents about 1 300 SAA employees, is outraged by the government because they did not take into account reports of tender irregularities amounting to R1,8 billion in SAA. Apparently, it represents 34 contracts.
The union says it has been brought to the attention of former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his successor Malusi Gigaba without any reaction. They now reveal after it has been said to the staff that the airline has no money for an R2 200 meal allowance on international flights. Union president Zazi Nsibanyoni-Mugambi says SAA will make a lot of money, as flights are full. However, money is wasted by corruption.
It has since become known that SAA once again made a huge loss.
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula is now red faced after saying on Twitter that SAA had spent 98% of their expenses on white-owned companies, and described it as a despicable crime against black businessmen. According to him, it is also “the existence of a white monopoly in full color.”
SAA spokesman Tlali Tlali says that their R14,9 billion in local purchases, R14,2 billion or 95% is applied to BEE companies, regarding the requirements of the broad-based black economic empowerment requirements.
Observers now begin to believe that this situation may be the reason for SAA’s problems because tenders are too high and drain the profits.
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