ANCYL slams Gordhan for in­ter­fer­ing at SAA

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THE ANC Youth League in the eThek­wini re­gion has called for Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gordhan’s head for al­legedly hold­ing up trans­for­ma­tion at South African Air­ways through po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence.

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia in Dur­ban yes­ter­day, ANCYL eThek­wini regional sec­re­tary Thinta Cibane said it was re­flect­ing the views of top league struc­tures when it says Gordhan “must go with im­me­di­ate ef­fect”.

“As young peo­ple we are go­ing to de­fend the pres­i­dent be­cause he had re­alised that there is some­thing wrong with this man (Gordhan). He was right when you look at SAA,” he said.

The youth league’s claim of lack of trans­for­ma­tion at SAA came after the ANC Women’s League last week made sim­i­lar al­le­ga­tions. The ANCWL claimed the na­tional car­rier was ben­e­fit­ing a few white com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing one from the US.

The league al­leged that the state-owned air­line’s board, whose chair­per­son is Dudu Myeni, a known ally of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, could not carry out trans­for­ma­tion be­cause of Gordhan’s ap­point­ment of his “yes-sir” peo­ple to serve on the board.

Cibane said there was hope that the air­line would be trans­formed when it was moved from the Depart­ment of Pub­lic En­ter­prises to the Na­tional Trea­sury three years ago.

Cibane said that in­stead of trans­form­ing, SAA had be­come “a banana repub­lic”.

“Pravin Gordhan is do­ing noth­ing to trans­form that in­sti­tu­tion. In­stead he is con­tin­u­ing on an ac­cu­mu­la­tion path with cap­i­tal­ists he is col­lab­o­rat­ing with.

“There is nowhere where there is such in­ter­fer­ence in any state en­ter­prise like we have at SAA,” said Cibane. He al­leged that through his self-ap­pointed board mem­bers, Gordhan had se­cured his own in­ter­est at SAA.

Cibane said that un­like in other pub­lic com­pa­nies, SAA would award large con­tracts to white com­pa­nies.

“It is 23 years into democ­racy, and 98% of that R24 bil­lion is still in the same hands it was dur­ing apartheid,” he said.

He called for the em­ploy­ment of more black pi­lots, as cur­rently “SAA only has four black pi­lots out of more than 200”.

“Those pi­lots en­joy ben­e­fits even min­is­ters don’t en­joy. When you are a pi­lot at SAA you are guar­an­teed that you are rich for life, you fly for free and ev­ery­thing is for free,” said Cibane.

He said that while Gordhan was fail­ing to trans­form the air­line, he was busy ac­cus­ing his com­rades within the rul­ing party of be­ing cor­rupt.

“We be­lieve that Gordhan must go, and he must go im­me­di­ately be­cause SAA is a typ­i­cal ex­am­ple of why he must go,” he said.

ANCYL eThek­wini re­gion spokesper­son Thulisa Ndlela said Gordhan was tak­ing the side of mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal­ists in a “tug of war” against trans­for­ma­tion. “This is why we are of the view, as the ANCYL, that it is not pos­si­ble for an or­gan­i­sa­tion to refuse trans­for­ma­tion.”

Na­tional Trea­sury spokesper­son Yolisa Tyantsi said: “They can say what­ever they want, but we are not go­ing to com­ment.”

‘HE MUST GO’: The league blasted Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gordhan.

ZUMA ALLY: The ANCYL is sup­port­ing SAA chair­per­son Dudu Myeni.

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