South Africa: Former SAA Board Member Yakhe Kwinana Flounders Under Questioning

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Former SAA board member Yakhe Kwinana received a lesson on board ethics at the State Capture Commission on Tuesday. Unfortunately, it was over a decade late after Kwinana had already wreaked havoc while applying her alternative ethics at the failing airline.

Former SAA board member and SAA Technical (SAAT) chair Yakhe Kwinana was justifying how she went on a luxurious trip to AAR Aviation's Chicago headquarters while the company was bidding for a SAAT contract when State Capture Inquiry chairperson Raymond Zondo intervened.

"Ms Kwinana, you really seriously mean what you are telling me that in your judgement there would have been absolutely nothing wrong for you as a member of the board that would make a decision on a tender in regard to which AAR had put in a bid, for you to go on a trip overseas to their premises without the knowledge of other bidders and let them wine you and dine you over there.

"You say there's nothing wrong with that?" asked Zondo.

Kwinana claimed she wasn't influenced by flights on private jets and limousine rides and nevertheless the SAA procurement policy was so rigorous that such a conflict of interest couldn't influence a...

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