Riveting testimony by Sibongile Sambo, a founding member, and director of SRS Aviation, before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has unearthed the deep roots of corruption at SAA while under the administration of Dudu Myeni.
According to Sambo, who had extensive dealings with SAA Technical board chairperson Yakhe Kwinana during Myeni’s tumultuous tenure, the airline’s operational and financial stability was dogged by dodgy dealings.
Appearing before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, Sambo alleged that Kwinana had offered R100 million to secure an irregular agreement with a US-based firm.
This comes just days after damning testimony by former SAA chair and chief executive Vuyisile Kona, which implicated the sons of former president Jacob Zuma and former Free State premier Ace Magashule — Duduzane Zuma and Tshepiso Magashule — in a bribery scandal involving the infamous Gupta brothers.
It’s alleged that Tony Gupta offered an R500,000 bribe to Kona for a suspicious “consulting contract” related to tenders involving Lufthansa Consultancy and McKinsey and Company.