ANCWL calls for SAA in­quiry

The Star Late Edition - - POLITICS - LUYOLO MKENTANE

THE ANC Women’s League is call­ing for ei­ther a ju­di­cial or par­lia­men­tary in­quiry at na­tional car­rier SAA af­ter damn­ing al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion and a lack of trans­for­ma­tion sur­faced.

It said only 2 per­cent of the com­pany’s R24 bil­lion of an­nual pro­cure­ment was spent on black sup­pli­ers, and called on sta­te­owned com­pa­nies to cham­pion the rad­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion of the econ­omy.

In a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day, ANCWL sec­re­tary-gen­eral Meokgo Matuba al­leged that a foren­sic re­port by au­dit­ing firm Ernst & Young un­cov­ered cor­rup­tion and the ir­reg­u­lar award­ing of ten­ders, but no ac­tion had been taken against those im­pli­cated.

Among other al­le­ga­tions were that the air­craft were leased in­ter­na­tion­ally, com­pelling SAA to “pay ex­or­bi­tant amounts” as a re­sult; and that the na­tional car­rier spent more than R10bn a year on jet fuel, which ben­e­fited the same com­pa­nies which had been sup­ply­ing the com­pany for about 80 years.

The league said it would rally the rul­ing party to com­pel paras­tatals to do “busi­ness only with sup­pli­ers hav­ing more than 50 per­cent black women ownership”.

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