• The power of perseverance

    True grit is a reliable predictor of who will achieve success in life, says Ian Mann.

  • It's the system

    The system sucks and it’s being used far too often as an excuse, says Mandi Smallhorne.

  • Web of dependency

    Zupta defenders are playing cat and mouse with ratings agencies, says Solly Moeng.

All data is delayed
See More

SAA slams attack on Nico Bezuidenhout

Mar 07 2013 18:55
*James-Brent Styan

Bezuidenhout has been at the helm of low cost airline Mango since its launch on 30 October 2006. He is one of the candidates being considered for the vacant CEO position at SAA.

Related Articles

Comair court challenge over SAA bailout

Privatise SAA if turnaround fails: DA

Troubled SAA may cut flight routes

Parliament uneasy about SAA

SAA board confident in new CEO

Gigaba must investigate SAA, says DA


Cape Town – Beleaguered national carrier South African Airways (SAA), has slammed what it calls a “malicious attack on the acting CEO” of the airline, Nico Bezuidenhout.

The airline says nameless, faceless “mischief makers” are claiming that some applicants for the post of SAA CEO – Bezuidenhout among them – have misrepresented their qualifications to the board of SAA, the body responsible for identifying the airline’s new permanent CEO.

Tlali Tlali, SAA spokesperson says the claims are “utterly false”.

“It is an attempt to harm the airline by attempting to discredit the management," Tlali said in a statement.

"Whatever the motivation of the anonymous sources in this matter, the result can only be an attempt at destruction of a significant national asset belonging to the people of South Africa,” said Tlali.

The statement claims that an “editing error” in SAA's 2011 and 2012 annual reports “erroneously reported that Mr Bezuidenhout had completed his MBA degree”.

Tlali says Bezuidenhout has completed his MBA course work, but has so far not handed in his thesis.

“These facts were laid out transparently and comprehensively in all job applications and CVs he has ever submitted. Any document, report, or other communication which claims different was written and published without his agreement and has never had his backing,” Tlali said.

Bezuidenhout has been at the helm of low-cost airline Mango since its launch on October 30 2006. He is one of the candidates being considered for the vacant CEO position at SAA.

The airline has indicated it will make no further statements or interviews on the issue.

 - Fin24

*Follow James-Brent Styan on Twitter at @jamesstyan.


Follow Fin24 on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

saa  |  nico bezuidenhout  |  tlali tlali


Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Company Snapshot

We're talking about:


Debt is one of the biggest financial issues facing South Africans today. Find out how you can avoid and manage your debt with Fin24 and Debt Rescue.

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

Would you take out a payday loan?

Previous results · Suggest a vote