Posted by: The Organ Harvester on Jul 22, 2010
Announced this week, former SAA CEO, Khaya "Private Helicopter" "Home in the South of France" Ngqula was asked to repay about R30 million back to the company. This figure was based on what SAA have deemed unauthorised expenditure by Ngqula during his tenure as CEO. These include agreeing to expenditure beyond his regulatory capacity limit, purchasing hospitality around several stadiums and off course free flights for friends and family. SAA want it back.
Now that is very commendable on the part of the SAA Board of Directors, but since SAA is a government parastatal and obviously had the blessing of their masters in Parliament. But the questions lies, as @comradesipho put it, why now? Ngqula is no longer CEO, why wasn't he audited and dealt with while still in office? It does seem a bit of a stretch for the Board to go after someone after they've left the company. Or is the Government finally getting serious about making a statement against corruption? That's it right? Make a statement. Ngqula was an Mbeki-ite. What would be more interesting to see is if the ANC itself, not through the parastatals, but through its representation in Government investigated it's own members and held them to account for alleged misuse of their office or public funds. We take for example the accusations leveled at Gen. Siphiwe Nyanda (Retired) by Cosatu SG Vavi. Are those accusations going to be investigated or will they be ignored. Because if SAA, a State owned corporation is chasing after money that it is owed, its a sign that the Government are trying to recoup its losses from former corrupt employees, but this shouldn't be a selective process. So today we Ngqula being ordered to repay money he wasted while in office, this should be an ongoing process. For one thing it will either clear the retired general's name or vindicate Zwelinzima Vavi's claim.
Now is not the time for selective prosecution or demands if the Government is going to leverage the goodwill it is experiencing.