A fed-up South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) has revealed that the South African Airways (SAA) has spent a total of about R726 million on unauthorised tenders.
Leaders of SACCA called on a media briefing at St Georges Hotel in Irene on Tuesday, claiming their plea for wage increase and allowances fell on deaf ears.
SACCA President Zazi Nsibanyoni-Mugambi said the airline was profitable, but the money was ‘walking out of the door’ due to irregularities.
“The Board of SAA in its entirety has failed to execute their responsibilities in line with Section 51 of the Public Finance Management Act in that they have failed to hold the executive accountable for contravening SAA Supply Chain Management Policies incurring a total irregular expenditure of R726 million.”
According to the association, SAA had made irregular payments to 33 companies for tender contracts that were not signed. This included over R249 million to Dimension Data for global supply chain management, and R266.8 million to KWE (Pty) LTD for supply chain management services.
Nsibanyoni-Mugambi said the airline had refused an allowance increase of R23 million for the 1 300 cabin crew members, which led the staff members to strike leaving the airline to incur a R31 million loss.
“They failed to ensure effective, efficient, economic and transparent use of financial and other resources within their area of responsibility. We are making money as a company but because of looting and mismanagement at SAA, they claim they have no money.”