Johannesburg - Former acting SAA Technical chief executive Arson Phiri has told the Zondo Commission that he left after feeling that there was something wrong at the national carrier and how it was run.
Phiri, now general manager: commercial at state-owned airline SA Express, told the commission of inquiry into state capture that he felt there was a lot wrong as far as corporate governance was concerned and more specifically procurement processes and the way decisions were being made.
“There was a breakdown in compliance,” said Phiri, adding that it became very clear in his mind that complying with procurement processes were being eroded.
Phiri resigned from SAA Technical in May 2016 and a week later he got a call from the unit’s chairperson Yakhe Kwinana, who at that stage was also a member of the SAA board headed by its controversial former chairperson Dudu Myeni.
Kwinana, according to Phiri, told him that his departure had left a vacuum and persuaded him that SAA Technical was a highly regulated institution in which compliance was key and without a chief executive it could call into question its license.