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DA stands firm on plans to haul SAA before competition commission

The DA accuses SAA of unfair competition practices after it said it had subsidised low-cost airliner Mango.

Picture: Mango Airlines official Facebook page.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it's still going to pursue its complaint to the Competition Commission of South Africa after South African Airways (SAA) said over the weekend it had subsidised its low-cost carrier Mango, and then said on Wednesday night that it had not subsidised the airline.

Last weekend the airline appeared to do an about turn on previous denials that it had subsidised Mango, issuing a statement saying it had provided Mango with 10 planes at a subsidised rate.

Then the state-owned airliner issued a second statement which says it wanted to clarify that it had not been subsidising Mango.

The chair of SAA is Dudu Myeni, who is also the chair of the Jacob Zuma Foundation.

SAflyer magazine editor Guy Leitch says it's a very odd situation.

"It reflects the disconnect that we see when the politics of power simply trumps reality. My only conclusion from this extraordinary statement has been that it's been issued purely out of spite."