Pesident Cyril Ramaphosa says he wants to know why the South African Airways (SAA) direct route to India was stopped, saying government will make sure it’s re-established.
Ramaphosa was speaking during a business Forum in India today as he concluded his state visit to the country.
Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor previously told the state capture commission that she was offered former public Enterprises minister Barbra Hogan’s job as Public Enterprises minister by the Guptas, who she claims wanted her to drop the SAA flight route to India in favour of the Gupta-linked Indian airline Jet Airways.
During her testimony at the commission, Hogan described how she was shocked when she heard rumours that the SAA flight route to Mumbai would be dropped, saying it was one of the least loss-making routes and was servicing a rapidly growing tourism and business relationship between South Africa and India.
Ramaphosa told a business forum in India that he doesn’t understand why that route was dropped.
“This rigmarole of travelling, going to Dubai, Europe, London as you got to South Africa has to come to an end. We also bemoan that, but we would like nothing better than to see South African Airways having a direct flight to India once again.”
Public Enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan explains what happened, saying the direct route was stolen from South Africa.
“We’ve got to again look at that in the overall context of SAA.”
he president says government will make sure the route is back on track.
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