DA calls for SAA's Dudu Myeni to be sacked

The DA says Myeni should go because she will not succeed in implementing a turnaround strategy at SAA.

Chairperson of South African Airways Dudu Myeni. Picture: whoswho.co.za

CAPE TOWN - There've been calls for South African Airways (SAA) board chairperson Dudu Myeni to be sacked after National Treasury endorsed an Airbus deal that will see the national carrier save $100 million.

The announcement for the SAA board to approve the swap transaction came late last night.

It means five airbus carriers will be leased instead of 10 being bought from the French company.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) now says Myeni should be sacked because she will not succeed in implementing a turnaround strategy.

They've also called for a full investigation into the financial state of SAA.

DA Member of Parliament (MP) Natasha Mazzone says, "Well, we absolutely welcome and applaud Minister Pravin Gordhan's firm stance that he took with SAA. He allowed no political interference and he made a very sound business and financial decision. We certainly welcome that and are deeply relieved that such a decision was made."

Last month, Myeni said she was under attack because she's driving a transformation agenda at the embattled national airline.

This followed a vote of no-confidence in the airline's leadership and management over concerns about the Airbus deal and the departure of a top official.

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