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NUMSA welcomes the Public Protectors investigation into corruption and maladministration at SAA

4 September 2017, Posted in Press Releases

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) welcomes the Public Protectors decision to investigate maladministration, corruption and tender irregularities at South Africa Airways (SAA). 

This is after the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) lodged a complaint with the Public Protector after its members were victimized by management for exposing corruption at the airline. One of our shop stewards at SAA Technical was also suspended after he dared to speak out against corruption in the workplace.

NUMSA condemns SAA for punishing whistleblowers for exposing corruption at the airline! We will defend our members against victimization and we are fighting this battle internally with SAAT management.

Last month NUMSA marched to highlight the crisis of corruption at SAA. SAA responded by taking us to the Labour Court in an attempt to interdict our protest. But their attempts backfired because instead of getting an interdict, the Labour Court sided with us on this issue.

The Court ordered SAAT to implement the recommendations of forensic reports stating that senior managers who have been implicated in corruption and tender irregularities, must be disciplined and suspended. Forensic auditing firm Open Waters completed its investigation into SAAT tender processes in May this year, but the airline is refusing to implement the findings or to make them public. The report names specific managers who breached procurement policy and it recommends that they must be disciplined and suspended.

NUMSA repeats the demand for SAAT to implement the recommendations in the Open Waters report. The airline is in danger of being in contempt of court because they are ignoring a court order. They have no choice but to implement the findings of the Open Water forensic investigations. If they do not, we will have no choice but to go on a protected strike. It is clear to us that SAA’s financial problems are because senior managers are looting the airline for their own selfish purposes. If the rumours about downsizing are true then our members risk losing their jobs because of corruption!

NUMSA is fighting for good clean governance in order to ensure a good working environment and also to ensure sustainability of the airline. NUMSA and SACCA will be meeting with the minister of finance very soon to raise these issues sharply with him and to call for decisive leadership and action to bring normality to SAA.

Aluta continua!
The struggle continues!
Issued by Irvin Jim
NUMSA General Secretary