The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the party finds it strange, the proposed decision to move embattled South African Airline from National Treasury to Transport department.
DA said the choice undermines the hard work being done to save the loss-making national carrier.
Deputy Shadow Minister Alf Lees said to make matters worse is the news of SAA ousted Dudu Myeni’s new appointment as a “special” advisor to Transport Minister, Joe Maswanganyi.
“Despite rules that may prevent her from interfering in SAA affairs, Myeni will ignore them and meddle in the affairs of the airline,” said Lees.
“This would be in vain if the airline once again treated as a cadre enrichment vehicle and moved back under the influence of corporate warlord Dudu Myeni.”
Lees said DA will write to all South African banks owed R13.8 billion by SAA.
“Should the proposal goes wrong we will request the Banks to inform Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, that they will recall their loans to SAA with immediate effect,” said Lees.
Lees said Myeni is ranked as the most unsuitable person to appoint as an aviation advisor.
He said the removal of Myeni from the SAA board, the appointment of Vuyani Jarana and Peter Davies including aviation expert signaled the start to save SAA.
Lees said over 10 000 jobs would also be saved.
However, the Presidency refuted claims SAA will be moved out of National Treasury to the Department of Transport.
“The reports are incorrect. No such decision had been taken by Government,” said the presidency.
While there are many views about where certain entities may be better located as Government continues to look for ways of improving the performance of State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) that does not translate into a decision.
“SAA remains located at the National Treasury where it will continue to receive support and guidance as it rebuilds itself following the appointment of a new Board and CEO,” said the presidency.