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SA Express won't be privatised - Brown

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown was before Scopa on Wednesday morning which is discussing the airline’s financial problems.

Picture: Twitter/@flySAExpress

CAPE TOWN - Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says that SA Express won’t be privatised.

This is despite the airline battling liquidity problems and having received a qualified audit report for the last four years.

Brown was before Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on Wednesday morning which is discussing the airline’s financial problems.

She says that government is considering a consultant’s study completed last year, on what the future of the airline should be.

"We've had serious problems. I'm very pleased with the questions around leasing for example because that was a big headache... consequence management within the company was a problem. One matter has even gone to the Hawks."

Brown has meanwhile defended a decision not to renew the contract of former chief executive Inathi Ntshanga, who left the airline by mutual agreement in March.

She says that a person with aviation experience is not necessarily the answer to fixing the problems at government’s struggling airlines.

"We didn't want to lose someone with aviation skill but we had to take a decision for bringing somebody in with a different aviation skill but also with management skill."

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