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‘Taxpayers are subsidising both SAA & Mango’

SAA hasn’t commented after conceding that it provided Mango with ten aircraft in a subsidised lease.

FILE: South African Airways plane. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - There's still no comment from South African Airways (SAA) about its concession over the weekend, that it has been subsidising low-cost airline Mango - since it started.

SAA has denied for years that it has been helping Mango, despite being its only shareholder.

But over the weekend, in a statement about the resignation of Mango Chief Executive Officer Nico Bezuidenhout, it said that it had provided Mango with ten aircraft in a subsidised lease.

The Free Market Foundation's Jayne Boccaleone says this means taxpayers are thus subsidising both SAA and Mango.

"It's the poor in the society who suffer while we taxpayers fork out to fly those who don't need it. Every time you get a cheap seat on Mango, who is paying for it? It's the poor who can barely afford a bicycle, let alone fly."

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