The South African Airways (SAA) cumulative losses amounted to over R28 billion for the past 13 years.
It is reported that the airline has lost more than R50 million per day during the strike action by unions over salary increases.
The strike, which is on day four, led to the cancellation of some international and local flights.
The unions are demanding an 8% wage increase while SAA is offering 5.9%.
Callers on the Eusebius McKaiser Show had a take on the ongoing strike.
If SAA was sold off or just given away because it is a bad state, would you miss it?— Eusebius McKaiser, Show host
The airline is not sustainable, it needs to fall. Why are we insisting that we need an airline?— Kamo, Caller
Heather says the staff at SAA should not have to pay for the stealing at the airline.
I don't know why the staff at SAA should be held to ransom for the stealing of the likes of Dudu Myeni. I think we need to relook at this thing of having a national carrier.— Heather, Caller
Lebo says the discussions around SAA reveal whether South Africa is a developmental state.
Public transport is horror in rural areas, it is a horror for kids and women. I am wondering if the power at play are looking at who needs transport and what is the state of transport. How do we justify the bailouts? Who are we prioritising here? Who are we compromising each time we bail out SAA?.— Lebo, Caller
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