‘Business Day was not aware of SAA’s court bid’

The publication was forced to take down an article on its website after SAA secured an interim order.

FILE: The lead story relates to a memorandum, dating back to early this month from SAA executive team to the company’s board warning the airline must secure an equity injection from the state or apply for business rescue. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - _Business Day _editor Songezo Zibi says the newspaper was not aware South African Airways (SAA) was going to court over its story, despite extensive communications between the two parties.

The publication was forced to take down an article on its website this morning, after the national carrier secured an interim order to have it removed.

It has said it will oppose the court order this week.

The lead story relates to a memorandum, dating back to early this month from SAA executive team to the company's board warning the airline must secure an equity injection from the state or apply for business rescue.

Zibi says the reporter was in communication with SAA until late last night.

"We see from the chain of emails that the first email which did not come to me and there were no phone calls, arrived after 10pm and the court order was sent to us just after 1:45am. So there was nothing we could do about it. We were not able to go to court and argue our case."

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says reports on the acquisition of an airbus is premature.