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Suspended SAA boss heads into arbitration hearing

This hearing could determine whether Monwabisi Kalawe's disciplinary hearing will continue.

Suspended SAA CEO, Monwabisi Kalawe. Picture: Who's Who.

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended South African Airways (SAA) CEO Monwabisi Kalawe is going to an arbitration hearing today that could determine whether his disciplinary hearing will continue.

Two weeks ago, Eyewitness News revealed Kalawe claimed in legal documents that SAA chair Dudu Myeni had illegally changed a board resolution because she wanted a payment from a plane manufacturer - a claim which she denies.

In his legal application, Kalawe says that at one point, Myeni changed the minutes of a board meeting to claim it had only decided to lease two planes instead of 10. so she could secure a contract with Airbus to directly buy eight planes.

He says her desperation to then deal directly with Airbus was so that she could receive an incentive payment from the company.

In the documents, he says Myeni knew she was lying when she altered board meeting resolutions.

Lawyers for Kalawe are expected to argue that the charges he faces should never have been brought in the first place but SAA's lawyers will say that the claims against him are serious and needs to be properly investigated.

The two sides agreed to this arbitration hearing after Kalawe brought a urgent Labour Court application.

The person chairing the arbitration hearing is Advocate Nazeer Cassim, who is also chairing the disciplinary hearing.