The President of the South African Cabin Crew Association, Zazi Nsibanyoni-Mugambi, says the decision to file an urgent application with the High Court in Johannesburg to place Mango Airlines under business rescue is the best solution for the airlines and its employees.

The workers have not been paid consistent salaries for months, with some having gone half a year without pay.

Mango Airline employees have given the Public Enterprises Department and the company’s management until 10am on Tuesday to act on their grievances or they will approach the courts.

Nsibanyoni-Mugambi says the South African Cabin Crew Association, the Mango Pilots Association (MPA) and the National Union of Metalworkers had to file an urgent application to place the airline under business rescue, because the situation is very dire at the airline.

He says, “For these three unions it was a decision not taken lightly and easily but we understood the situation that Mango was under. It was not capitalised at a time and you’re back in the SAA business rescue process. We had asked why they were not placed under business rescue because we believe they should have. So Mango is struggling financially and the R819-million that was gazetted is still not in Mango’s account. We believe it will give the airline a little bit of reprieve and restructure and take to the skies with a solid plan.”

Workers want Mango Airlines to be placed under business rescue: