The department of public enterprises, which has fought to save SAA, says the rescue process has been derailed by trade unions whose actions have set the airline on the path to liquidation.

At a crucial meeting of creditors on Thursday, majority trade union National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) and the SAA Pilots Association, alongside several creditors, sought to postpone a decision on the business rescue plan until July 14.

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