SAA spends R21m on fraud and corruption inquiries — but nobody gets nailed
Despite national carrier spending R21m investigating internal fraud and graft over three years, there is no evidence of legal or disciplinary against anybody
South African Airways (SAA) spent R21m on 16 investigations into internal fraud and corruption over the past three years without any evidence of individuals being held to account through legal or disciplinary action, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Tuesday. As SAA board chairwoman Dudu Myeni, reappointed in September 2016, had presided over these investigations, the DA felt "vindicated" in its position that the appointment was irrational, DA deputy finance spokesman Alf Lees said on Tuesday. In reply to a parliamentary question to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, the Treasury outlined 16 investigations that took place from 2013 to 2016, including an R3.6m probe into why the airline is incurring losses and a R1.8m investigation into commercial relationships with Mango.