The testimony of Yakhe Kwinana, a former board member of South African Airways and the ex-chair of the board of SAA Technical, at the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture on Monday mostly went around in circles – with memory lapses here and there.
Since August 2018, the commission has been investigating allegations of state capture, corruption and fraud at state entities, including at SAA, which was placed into business rescue late last year before the coronavirus struck. The airline was granted R10.5 billion in funding last week for the rescue process to continue.
Due to previous witnesses at the commission having implicated Kwinana in alleged acts of corruption and, according to evidence leader adv. Kate Hofmeyr, "creating an atmosphere of intimidation to those who tried to resist", she was called to testify at the commission.