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The ANC Women’s League on Thursday called for an investigation of alleged internal and external forces at South African Airways (SAA) that it alleges are trying to derail transformation at the airline. League secretary-general Meokgo Matuba said the women’s league had noted an alarming number of reports that suggested forces were fighting transformation in terms of employment equity and procurement, with an aim of ensuring only white men occupied senior positions and white suppliers remained the major beneficiaries of tenders. The league would push either for a judicial commission of inquiry or a parliamentary inquiry into the airline, and would meanwhile push for the airline to do business only with suppliers that are more than 50% black- and female-owned. The reports it was referring to included the appointment of US-based Bain & Company to advise on a possible merger, continued lack of transformation among staff and pilots, and an allocation of just 2% of the R24bn annual procure...

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