Fresh doubts about deputy finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas’ future surfaced at the weekend with reports that he is being investigated by the Hawks as part of a probe into allegations of corruption at South African Airways (SAA). As part of the probe into SAA, the unit is investigating allegations that Jonas used his political influence to secure US aircraft company, AAR Corp, contracts to supply components and tyres to the state airline, the City Press cited three unidentified Hawks sources and one SAA source as saying. The paper reported that the Hawks are investigating Jonas for allegedly introducing AAR Corp to one of the board members of SAA Technical, the state-owned carrier’s aviation maintenance division, requesting that he “look after them”. According to the report, Jonas used his political influence as deputy finance minister to have the company favourably viewed as a supplier of aircraft components and tyres. This, according to internal Hawks documents, was done despite the ...

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