Unions operating at debt-ridden SAA have given the government seven days to fire the entire board of the airline and to persuade CEO Vuyani Jarana to withdraw his resignation.

SAA employees who are members of the National Union of Metalworkers SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) picketed outside the OR Tambo, King Shaka, Cape Town and East London international airports on Wednesday. They said if their demands were not met, there would be a total shutdown of the aviation industry.

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