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Outgoing SAA chairperson speaks out

Cheryl Carolus says there was a breakdown in relations with Minister Malusi Gigaba.

Outgoing SAA chairperson Cheryl Carolus says there was a breakdown in relations with minister Malusi Gigaba.

CAPE TOWN - Outgoing South African Airways (SAA) chairperson Cheryl Carolus on Friday said she has decided to resign from her position to protect her reputation.

Six other board members have resigned from their position.

She said there has been a breakdown in relations between the airline's board and Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.

Carolus said the continued postponement of the airline's annual general meeting has caused friction between her and the minister.

"SAA did not ask for a postponement and we do not ourselves need a postponement. Our financials have been audited by the auditor."

The annual general meeting is expected to be held in two weeks.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Gigaba has since appointed a new SAA board.

The new members are Vuyisile Kona, Andile Mabizela, Andile Khumalo, Bongisizwe Mpondo, Dr Rajesh Naithani, Carol Roskruge, Raisibe Lepule and Nonhlanhla Kubeka.

Kona is the new chairman.

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