The South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU) has called on the acting CEO of South African Airways (SAA), Musa Zwane, to see to it that two of the airline’s employees are suspended for alleged fraud.
Satawu sent a message to the SAA requesting that pilot Captain Sandy Bayne and general manager of operations, Zuks Ramasia, be suspended with immediate effect.
In their statement, Satawu said “Bayne forged the signature of chief pilot Eric Manensa and made changes to the Flight Operations Manual,”
According to Satawu, the culprits need to be discharged of their duties and they see no reason the SAA would allow them continue in their jobs without being subjected to disciplinary action.
They believe Bayne’s immediate superior, Ramasia, “swept the matter under the carpet” by saying her subordinate “had made a mistake and should be forgiven”
“Forging anyone’s signature is fraud but forging a superior’s signature to pass off amendments to an official document is unimaginable” Satawu said adding that Ramasia’s behavior to the matter was unethical.
“It is apparent Ramasia does not have SAA’s best interest at heart… Zwane must suspend Bayne and Ramasia if he is to stem the rot that has ingrained itself at the state-owned airline” Satawu said.
Meanwhile, speaking on Wednesday evening, South African Airways’ spokesperson, Tlali Tlali, said he was yet to confirm or deny the call of correspondence from Satawu as the information relating to the alleged fraud has not reached his table yet.
Satawu’s alleged fraud issue with the airline is said to be related to what Ernst & Young forensics had said about the airline on December 2015.
Ernst & Young forensics had on the above stated date, related that 60% of SAA’s total procurement could, in one way or another, be subject to weak business controls and that was why the airline makes a huge loss. This was revealed after the board had a thorough investigation on the how to resolve the “identified weakness of the airline”.