The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) accused Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa of plotting to collapse the South African Airways (SAA) and creating space for private business.
ANCYL Spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize said Ramaphosa and Gordhan are directly influencing the airline to benefit companies they have interests in.
Mkhize also said when SAA was moved from the Public Enterprises Department to Treasury, Gordhan appointed a consultant which instructed the airline to take everything to Bidvest.
“The first he does, he tell SAA that it must take every other thing to a company called Bidvest, who is at Bidvest,?” questioned Mkhize.
“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,” added Mkhize.
Mkhize then touched on the issue that the airline has resolved to close its lucrative, saying this call was made to benefit other airlines.
“You are told that SAA must close some of its routes and among those routes are the most lucrative routes which include the London route, and who must take over these routes? We are safely aware that it is Comair,” said Mkhize
“Who owns Comair? Who are the stakeholders at Comair? It is Bidvest and Comrade Pravin who owns nothing less than 20% of Comair,” added the Spokesperson.
ANCYL President Collen Maine said it should be known that they are not accusing Gordhan and Ramphosa of corruption.
“We’ve never said anybody is corrupt, but we are saying that people are conflicted, hence we are saying that SAA should go back to the Public Enterprises Department,” said Maine
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe reacted to the allegation said he won’t “get into the mud with people that use silly season to throw mud at each other”.
On the other hand, Ramaphosa’s office denied the allegations and said the Deputy President doesn’t have any share at Bidvests.