Kwinana refutes attending meeting aimed at signing unlawful SAA policy

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Former South African Airways Technical (SAAT) Chair Yakhe Kwinana has denied attending a meeting where she tried to force two senior executives to sign an unlawful policy for black businesses at the South African Airways. (SAA).

Kwinana is giving evidence at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

The 30% set aside policy was directed to those who had BEE partners from the contractors.

The policy got resistance from national treasury and the Department of Trade and Industry because it was unlawful and inconsistent in procurement policy and legislation.

Despite this, it is alleged Kwinana and former SAA board chair Dudu Myeni continued to implement the policy despite being cautioned not to do so by SAA then Chief Procurement Officer Dr Masimba Dahwa.

Kwinana claims there were no concerns regarding the 30% set aside implementation and neither was guidance given.

Below is the State Capture Inquiry live stream:

LSG Sky Chefs contract

On Monday, Kwinana  told the State Capture Commission that cancelling the German-based LSG Sky Chefs contract with the airline in 2015 was the best decision she ever made for the national carrier.

Below is Monday’s State Capture Commission: