SAA investigates tampering

2013-08-04 14:15

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Johannesburg - The Johannesburg Bar Council is investigating a South African Airways (SAA) board member for allegedly tampering with a legal opinion that led to the dismissal of five senior employees - including the acting chief executive officer.

The Sunday Independent reported that despite the allegations, neither the Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba nor the airline’s board have dealt with the advocate accused of the tampering, Lindi Nkosi-Thomas.

Head of the Johannesburg Bar Council’s professional sub-committee advocate Viwe Notshe confirmed this week that the matter was still under investigation but would not elaborate.

The legal opinion at the centre of the debacle was compiled by Fikile Thabethe, head of legal services at SAA in December last year. It was the basis for a decision that the SAA board made earlier this year to end the contracts of four consultants who had been hired in November last year by the acting CEO, Vuyisile Kona.

A day after Kona notified the entire board of the alleged tampering, he was suspended by Gigaba and later fired.

In a letter from Thabethe to Kona, which was forwarded to the board, Thabethe says the opinion is materially different from the opinion that she drafted.

SAA refused to explain why action was not taken against Nkosi-Thomas. 
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