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More turbulence for SAA

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba convened a meeting to consider Vuyisile Kona's removal.

South African Airways plane. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways (SAA) is facing more turbulence this week with the arrest of an alleged drug mule and the removal of its suspended CEO from the airline's board.

As the sole shareholder, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba convened a meeting on Monday to consider a resolution to remove Vuyisile Kona from the board.

SAA put Kona on a precautionary suspension in February.

Gigaba's spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete said Kona's dismissal will bring stability to the board.

"The minister took the intervention and it is in the interest of the company."

At the same time, the airline said it is concerned about its image after one of its crew members was arrested on Friday for allegedly smuggling drugs.

The 34-year-old woman was apprehended at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport for allegedly trafficking drugs from Brazil into the country.

The Hawks said she was caught with two kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated street value of R300,000.

She is due to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate's court on Monday.

SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said an internal enquiry is being conducted by the airline into the incident.

"We are gravely concerned because these allegations portray the airline in a negative way."

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