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numsaTimeslive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is heading to court in a bid to recover damages from several senior executives from SAA Technical (SAAT) for their role in the alleged irregular sale of Ground Power Units (GPU).  

A GPU is a vehicle capable of supplying power to aircraft parked on a runway.  Numsa’s Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said in a statement:  “In 2016 SAAT sold all 12 of its GPUs to JM Aviation – a decision which resulted in a loss of over R5-million.  We believe that the decision to sell the GPUs was motivated by corruption because JM Aviation benefited at the expense of SAAT.  Our allegation is based on the findings of the Open Water Forensic report‚ which was finalised in May 2017.”  According to Hlubi-Majola‚ the Open Water report confirmed that the sale of the GPUs was irregular and that proper supply chain management policies were not followed.  It also found that the sale exposed SAAT to “undue financial obligations”.  Open Water found that SAAT suffered a loss of at least R5,128,687, based on which Numsa is demanding that SAAT should claim that amount directly from the executives who were accused by the report for the alleged role that they played in the irregular transaction.  SAAT apparently leases the very same GPUs from Swissport at a rate of R550 per hour.  The case is set down for hearing in the South Gauteng High Court on 28 June.

  • Read this report by Nomahlubi Jordaan in full at Timeslive


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