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‘Leaked reports are incomplete’ - SAA Today's News


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While SAA has not denied reports claiming it renewed R4.5bn in tenders without following proper procedure, it says its board cannot take action against anyone accused of criminality as the reports are, as matters stand, incomplete.

On July 16, City Press reported that it had obtained two forensic reports which reveal how SAA Technical flouted procurement regulations and extended contracts several times without going to tender. SAA Technical maintains and services the fleet of the national airline.

In response, SAA said it is important to understand the status of these reports before drawing conclusions. In a statement, the airline said it had previously commissioned investigations into financial losses incurred by the company. A number of reports were subsequently generated but, as matters stand, they are incomplete.

“The process of finalising these reports has since commenced. Once the reports are finalised, they will be presented to the board for consideration and action,” SAA said. 

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has given Deputy Finance Minister Sfiso Buthelezi until the close of business on Friday, July 21 to release the reports. The party said in a statement: “For the last eight months, the DA has pursued almost all avenues to ensure the forensic investigation reports into SAA are released to the public. It is only when we know the full extent of the rot at the airline that we can get to work and fix it,” the DA said.

Asked when the reports would be finalised and released to the public, SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali told eTNW: “The investigations and reports generated were at the instance of [SAA] and not any third parties. In other words, we commissioned the investigation and we are naturally interested in the finalisation of the work already undertaken.”

“Statements made by the DA cannot, with respect, determine the pace at which we must move in finalising the outstanding work,” he said.

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