SA Express grounded amid ‘a very serious safety risk to the public’

The reason we grounded SA Express… revolves around issues of maintenance… The entire fleet has been grounded… It’s the entire safety management system…

Poppy Khoza, South African Civil Aviation Authority

They’ll have to start from scratch, kind of like a new airline… It depends on how fast SA Express is able to comply…

Poppy Khoza, South African Civil Aviation Authority

Nine of SA Express’s 21 airplanes are not airworthy, said the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) on Thursday.

It has decided to ground the state-owned airline.

SACAA made several findings it describes as “severe non-compliance or non-conformance that poses a very serious safety or security risk to the public.”

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announced he has appointed a new board at the carrier with several executives under a cloud of corruption allegations.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed SACAA CEO Poppy Khoza.

Listen to the interview in the audio below.

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