For the loss-making SAA to become a viable business‚ it needs to clean out all the corruption that has plagued it for years‚ public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan said on Monday.
‘‘We were reappointed to government towards the end of February. So‚ eight months gone nobody is coming forward to say ‘I know who is corrupt at SAA’‚’’ he told SAA staff gathered at its offices in Kempton Park.
‘‘Why are corrupt people being protected? Why are you protecting corrupt people? Why are you not coming forward? If we want the airline to survive we have to clean out the dirt.’’
Gordhan's address comes after finance minister Tito Mboweni suggested last week that the airline should be closed down. Mboweni’s call for the disbanding of the airline was made at an investor conference in New York on Thursday.