SAA CEO denies plans to cut 1 000 jobs

Numsa has expressed its shock and disappointment that South African Airways (SAA) is planning to cut 1 000 jobs to tighten their security for executives.

Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola says the problems SAA has encountered is as a result of corruption from senior executive officials.

Hlubi-Majola says the airline should first deal with the 'rot' from the CEO before they cut jobs.

We reject and we are outraged by the fact that the CEO and the board plan to turn the airline around is to cut at least 1 000 jobs.

Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, Numsa acting national spokesperson

The CEO of SAA Vuyani Jarana is refuting reports that the airline is planning on cutting jobs. Speaking to Bongani Bingwa on the Breakfast show, Jarana says he does not know where the media got these numbers.

Jarana says the executives of SAA have been receiving threats from December 2017 and the board saw it fit to increase the security personnel.

The numbers being quoted here are clearly out of kilt in terms of the details that we have. What we are not going to do is to give people who are threatening the executive details on the security plan.

Vuyani Jarana, SAA CEO

We are not even anywhere closer to knowing how many people will be retrenched in what framework.

Vuyani Jarana, SAA CEO

However, Sunday Times journalist Sabelo Skiti says he has seen the appointment letter and the board resolution which states that the security personnel will be given R10 500-a-day over a 24 months period.

I feel that what Mr Jarana could have done perhaps is take South Africa in confidence and talk to us about the fact that the procurement process is flawed.

Sabelo Skiti, Sunday Times journalist

If there was a threat and a very credible they could have gotten the state for free to come and look the nature of the threat whether is be letters or be it any other form of intelligence that they received. And they could use that as a basis to say we are going to do this via a confide process.

Sabelo Skiti, Sunday Times journalist

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