Themba Godi. Picture: SOWETAN
Themba Godi. Picture: SOWETAN

The chairperson of Parliament’s standing committee of public accounts (Scopa) Themba Godi has bemoaned the lack of leadership at South African Airways (SAA) which he says has contributed to the bankruptcy the state-owned airline is facing.

In a scathing attack at the end of the committee’s engagement with SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni and some of its executives, Godi said, "SAA management lacks any understanding of the sector and appears to have no idea what it is doing", and that there was a total lack of contract management.

Godi said the committee was particularly interested in the work done for SAA by accounting firm EY, "which appears to have captured SAA. Scopa wants to see details of all work done by EY for the airline".

The committee has asked SAA to submit reports on all major investigations undertaken in the past three years, as well as reports submitted by the internal audit department to the audit committee and the board over the last year.

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