The revelations are still ongoing. A former ANC deputy secretary-general Cheryl Carolus on Thursday testified that disgraced former Cabinet minister Malusi Gigaba lied to Parliament as far back as September 2012.
Carolus told the commission of inquiry into state capture, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, that the ex-ANC Youth League president effectively oversaw the running down of SAA.
She was the national carrier’s chairperson when Gigaba was appointed public enterprises minister by former president Jacob Zuma in October 2012, to replace Struggle veteran Barbara Hogan.
Carolus said Gigaba lied about a letter authorising a R5billion guarantee to SAA and misled then National Assembly speaker, Max Sisulu, about the airline’s failure to submit its 2011/12 annual report by the August31 deadline required by the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), and to hold its annual general meeting (AGM) by September30, as stipulated in the Companies Act.