Unions from the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA), the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the Mango Pilots Association (MPA) are set to file an urgent court application at the High Court in Johannesburg to place Mango under business rescue.

Unions say they have been forced to take this action by the Mango workers who have been working without pay for more than two months.

Mango, a subsidiary of South African Airways (SAA), has not been capitalised by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), despite promises having been made by the government and the shareholder.

As a result of the delay from DPE, a liquidation application has been filed by one of Mango’s creditors, Aergen Four Aircraft and Aergen Five Aircraft LTD.

Unions say the liquidation process was initiated by workers and not SAA as initially claimed.

Unions say in a move to save the company and its members livelihood they have been forced to approach the courts to place Mango Airlines into business rescue.

The unions say they have further served papers on all stakeholders over the weekend and an urgent application at the South Gauteng High court will be filed on Monday.

Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi- Majola says,”We have no choice but to unite and fight with a common vision and to fight for the survival of another state owned entity and an asset that is being destroyed by the department of public enterprise, it is expected that the application will be heard on the third of august 2021.”