Former public enterprise ministers Malusi Gigaba interfered in the operation of SAA in relation to its Johannesburg to Mumbai route in order to give it to Gupta-linked Jet Airways, the former board chair of the state-owned airline, Cheryl Carolus, said on Thursday. It was a Jet Airways carrier that flew Gupta guests to the Waterkloof Air Base in 2013 for the lavish Sun City wedding. This was one of the first incidents to reveal the extent of the Guptas’ involvement in state capture. Carolus was testifying at the state capture inquiry on Thursday about the pressure SAA endured from Jet Airways, with the help of Gigaba, to cancel the airline’s route to Mumbai, India. Carolus was SAA board chair from 2009 until 2012, when she and a number of the airline’s board of directors resigned. Former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan testified to the commission earlier in November that she was confused when she heard SAA was looking at cancelling the India route, because it was actually ...

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