Johannesburg - The attorney representing airline Velvet Sky
in a liquidation application it faces withdrew from the case on Tuesday.
"I have just signed a notice of withdrawal," said
Ahmed Amod ahead of the application set down for Wednesday in the High Court in
He cited personal reasons.
BP Southern Africa has filed papers for the liquidation of
the airline which has been flying for less than a year, because it is allegedly
in arrears on its fuel bill.
On February 24 BP Southern Africa applied to the court for the
provisional liquidation of the airline, which allegedly owes BP R29m for
Argument is expected on Wednesday.
Amod said he was still a director of the airline.
On Monday, the liquidators of Pamodzi Gold Mining Group
announced they planned to lay charges of fraud against Amod, who is also a
lawyer for Aurora Empowerment Systems, the company appointed to manage the
Liquidator Johan Engelbrecht said the charges would also be
laid against former president Nelson Mandela's grandson Zondwa Mandela.
Aurora's management contract was cancelled after the company
was accused of destroying infrastructure at the mines. Over 5 000 people lost
Amod said he had not been informed of the planned charges
and Velvet Sky chief operating officer Gary Webb said earlier on Tuesday he was
not aware that Amod might be charged.
He was feeling hopeful about the BP challenge on Wednesday,
"We are obviously in the hands of the court, but we are
optimistic about the outcome there," said Webb.
"It will take a couple of days to get ourselves back on
our feet," he said when asked when the airline expected to fly again.
The airline suspended flights last Monday, and customers with
tickets do not know if they will get refunds or be able to reschedule their
Velvet Sky's first flight left OR Tambo International
Airport on March 22 2011. A few months later it was sold by Macdonald Holdings
to Excalibur Aerospace.