By Pinky Khoabane
UnCensored has approached the Public Protector’s office to investigate allegations of rampant corruption at South African Airways (SAA).
Last week we published a story about allegations of runaway corruption at the national carrier which involved among others, contracts which had long expired but were being extended without due process being followed. A whistleblower told UnCensored that some of the largest and longest contracts had long expired and were now open ended and operated on memoranda of understanding (MOUs). The whistleblower cited Bidvest, Kinetsu World Express (KWE), Alpine Butchery. http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/why-is-the-rampant-corruption-at-saa-protected/
When we approached SAA’s spokesperson Tladi Tladi last week to verify the details of these contracts he said the organisation couldn’t disclose the details of the contracts due to confidentiality clauses. When he wuldnt disclose we approached SAA’s chairperson Dudu Myeni, Treasury and Parliament’s committee on public enterprises. We want to know what has been done with the Ernst & Young report which among others, showed that 60% of the 48 sampled contracts showed “weaknesses in the procurement processes”. We also fear that the report is not only ignored by several oversight bodies but even the civil society group, OUTA, which has been very vocal regarding the corruption at SAA, is cherry-picking its cases and ignoring the rot among the white-owned entities defrauding SAA. Responding on Twitter, the NGO’s Wayne Duvenage said they had instituted a case to have Myeni declared a “Delinquent Director. The charges against others will follow”.
Given the information that we have, which we could not corroborate due to SAA’s refusal to disclose, we have approached the PP to investigate these contracts.
The Constitution of the Republic protects the right to access to information held by the State in order to ensure that we never go back to those dark days of a secrecy prevalent during the apartheid years. We now live in a country where the culture of transparency and accountability is key to curtailing the abuse of power both by private and public entities.
UnCensored seeks the assistance of a lawyer in using the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) in order to access these contracts. It’s not just SAA, many of the government departments and other state owned entities refuse to disclose the lengths and value of the contracts. Eskom just last week refused to disclose the value of the 40 and 50 year old contracts which are held my white monopoly capitalists. http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/the-scramble-for-coal-white-monopoly-40yr-contracts/