Scopa: SAA leadership totally disconnected

Scopa chairperson Themba Godi says the committee's visit to SAA has revealed serious mismanagement, especially by those taking day-to-day decisions.

South African Airways plane. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) says South African Airways (SAA) is suffering from a crisis of leadership.

The committee has paid an oversight visit to the state-owned airline's head office in the wake of Treasury's plans to once again bail out the company, this time to the tune of at least R10 billion.

Scopa says there's a serious disjunct between management and its employees.

Scopa chairperson Themba Godi says the committee's visit to SAA has revealed serious mismanagement, especially by those taking day-to-day decisions.

“You have a leadership that is totally disconnected, especially management, which takes bad decisions and which is unable to implement the correct decisions.”

He says the committee has made it clear to employees that if the airline is once again going to receive a lifeline from state coffers, it will have to change its behaviour.

“There is no bottomless pit of money from which they will continue to draw money whenever they fail to run that entity.”