SAA, bankrupted after years of mismanagement and corruption, has named former prosecutions boss Vusi Pikoli as its chief risk and compliance officer as part of an effort to clean up governance at the airline. The highly respected Pikoli, who is an adviser to state security minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, was first suspended as national director of public prosecutions by former president Thabo Mbeki in 2007, and ultimately fired in 2009 by parliament following a recommendation by then president Kgalema Motlanthe. Pikoli claimed at the time that he was removed because he was pushing for the prosecution of former police commissioner Jackie Selebi. He has been the director-general in the department of justice & constitutional development, and has private sector experience as a director and head of forensic investigations. Pikoli has aviation industry exposure through his involvement in reinsurance of aircraft fleet while working for an insurance company, SAA said. "The appointment of advo...

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