Johannesburg - Public
Enterprise Minister Malusi Gigaba only learned of the resignation of the SA
Airways (SAA) chairperson and six board members through the media, his office
said on Friday.
"We only found out about the resignations through the
media. Our main focus is to ensure that SAA remains a national asset for both
our economy and country," Gigaba's spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete said.
Tshwete confirmed the resignations and said new board
members will be announced at SAA's annual general meeting.
SAA's chairperson, Cheryl Carolus and the six board members
resigned earlier this week.
"The board has just become untenable, our reputation
and professional integrity had just been dragged through the mud without any
clarification or support and I believe this had reached a point where the
relationship has been broken irretrievably," Carolus was quoted as saying
Business Day on Friday reported that the former JSE CEO
Russel Loubser was the first member to quit. He resigned with immediate effect
on Wednesday, citing lack of support from the department of public enterprises
- the airline's shareholder.
Of SAA's 14-member board, eight have resigned so far. The
board members who told Carolus they were leaving with her are Bonang Mohale,
David Lewis, Jabulani Ndlovu, Louis Rabbets, Magaret Whitehouse and Teddy Daka.
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