ANCYL accuse Gordhan, Ramaphosa of shady dealing at SAA

The league accuses Gordhan and Ramaphosa of directly influencing SAA in a bid to collapse the airline to advance their own interests.

FILE: ANCYL president Collen Maine. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) claims Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa are directly influencing South African Airways (SAA) in a bid to collapse the airline to benefit companies they have interests in.

The league held a briefing in Pretoria earlier on Wednesday.

The ANCYL says when SAA was moved from the Public Enterprises Department to Treasury, the Finance Minister appointed a consultant which instructed the airline to take everything to Bidvest.

The league’s Mlondi Mkhize says: “Amongst those that we know is at Bidvest is the deputy president of the ANC and that of our government, Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa. But who else is there? It is the minister himself, Pravin Gordhan.”

He says the same Bidvest company is behind the calls for SAA to close its routes so that Comair can take over.

“Who are the stakeholders at Comair? It is Bidvest and Comrade Pravin who owns nothing less than 20% of Comair.”

Mkhize says there is a plot to collapse SAA and create space for private business.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has reacted to the allegation saying he won't "get into the mud with people that use silly season to throw mud at each other."

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)