SAA Transformation: More Pressure Mounts on Zuma To Fire Gordhan


The retrogressive growth of most state owned enterprises have become a thing of worry to citizens and the youth League of the ruling African National Congress (ANCYL) sees no one else to blame but the Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The Youth League in eThekwini, on Thursday, joined the ANC women league (ANCWL) to call on President Jacob Zuma to immediately fire Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan‚ for allegedly failing to transform the ailing South African Airways (SAA).

Like the ANCWL, the ANCYL in eThekwini called for an investigation of the so-called “internal and external forces” working to derail transformation at the national carrier for the past years.

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The two leagues’ call was likely to resonate with SAA’s controversial board chairperson‚ Dudu Myeni‚ who placed “transformation” at the centre of her tenure at the airline.

 The ANC Women’s League had within the week, called for Judicial Commission of Inquiry or Parliament Inquiry to investigate various disturbing allegations of corruption and anti-transformation at SAA.

In its 12-point corruption report, the League slammed SAA for an alleged R232 million conflict of interest, poor transformation policies and “ghost workers”.

 It said the internal and external forces are “doing everything in their power” to stop transformation at the embattled state airline – particularly on procurement and employment equity grounds.

Meanwhile, SAA board chair, Myeni said sometime in November 2016 that she viewed transformation as very important and that military veterans‚ women‚ people with disabilities and young people were at the top of the list of the airline’s transformation targets.

Myeni was retained as board chairperson in 2016 following a standoff between the finance Minister Pravin Gordhan  and the airline’s board over the finalisation of government guarantees needed to keep SAA in the air.

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She however, claimed that there is “institutionalized corruption” at the airline and attacks on her reputation are the result of her attempts to crack down on it.

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