JOHANNESBURG – Workers at South African Airways (SAA) on Tuesday called for the immediate reinstatement of former group chief executive Vuyani Jarana and the removal of the state-owned airline's whole board.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), together with South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA), on Tuesday, picketed at all the country’s major airports to protest against a "myriad of issues" at SAA and SAA Technical.
The unions were picketing against Jarana's resignation; alleged corruption of SAAT management; problems in the maintenance department; allegations of nepotism tribalism; alleged corruption of the human resources manager at SAAT; amongst other grievances.
On Friday, SAA announced long-standing executive Zuks Ramasia as the interim group chief executive and Adam Vos as the new CEO of SAA Technical. Ramasia, who was previously general manager for operations at SAA, began her term as CEO on Monday.
In his resignation letter, Jarana cited the airline's mounting debt due to uncertainty about funding and lack of support from government as a shareholder in implementing the airline's long-term turnaround strategy.