Past chief executives of SAA
Khaya Ngqula: Chief executive from 2004-2009.
Reason for leaving: Ngqula was placed on special leave after an investigation into allegations of mismanagement and conflict of interest.
Chris Smyth: Interim chief executive from 2009-2010.
Reason for leaving: A new chief executive appointed.
Siza Mzimela: Chief executive from 2010-2012.
Reason for leaving: Resigned after SAA reported R1.25bn operating loss for the year.
Vuyisele Kona: Interim chief executive from 2012-2013.
Reason for leaving: Suspended on February 1, 2013, while “certain allegations” were investigated.
Nico Bezuidenhout: Had two stints as interim chief executive between 2013-2015.
Reason for leaving: Temporarily returned as head of Mango after a deal with Emirates was cancelled at the last minute.
Monwabisi Kalawe: Chief executive in 2013-2014.
Reason for leaving: Disciplinary issues and a settlement.
Thuli Mpshe: Interim chief executive for four months, 2015.
Reason for leaving: Returned to her old role as the national carrier’s Human Resources Manager (later suspended). She was critical of governance practices.
Musa Zwane: Interim chief executive from 2015-2017.
Reason for leaving: Returned to head technical division after Jarana’s appointment.