SAX quells liquidation order rumours

SA Express says that it is not aware of a liquidation order that has been granted against the airline from Mothebe Shuttle Services, as claimed in a Financial Mail article on September 12.


A spokesperson for the airline says that while SA Express had a contract with Mothebe Shuttle Services for R1.3m a year, that contract had been flagged as irregular due to irregular price increases on the tender, and a failure to declare conflicts of interest.


“The investigation (on the Mothebe Shuttle Services contract) also implicated SA Express procurement staff who were later charged with gross misconduct. The airline has since opened criminal cases against the accused,” the spokesperson said.


“Should Mothebe Shuttle Services proceed with the matter against SA Express, the airline intends to respond appropriately within the legal framework,” the spokesperson added.