How ruthless SAA grounded rival airlines


How ruthless SAA grounded rival airlines

Elaborate dirty tricks campaign alleged.

As told last month (nose191) national carrier SAA, amidst ongoing senior managerial disorganisation, is currently facing two massive claims, amounting to around R6bn after tax, one for R1bn by Comair and the other for R2.2 billion from businessman Robert Watson, owner of Rethabile, BEE minority shareholder of now-defunct Sun Air. The latter claim relates to charges that SAA conspired with Safair to take Sun Air out of operation, then taking its share of the market.

The alleged conspiratorial agreement between SAA and Safair only came to light years later, and forms a crucial component of Watson’s claim. What seems to have happened is that SAA purported to take majority control of Sun Air, baulked when it came to paying for its shares, and promptly shut it down. This, says Watson’s court documents, is one of several frauds committed by SAA.

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