DA: SAA boss was lying about qualifications

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 26, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has said that it had obtained evidence which proves that South African Airways (SAA) acting CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout, lied about his qualifications when applying for the position as CEO of low-cost carrier, Mango, in 2006.

In a statement on Sunday, the party’s Shadow Minister for Public Enterprises, Natasha Michael, said that Bezuidenhout claimed to have completed a BCom degree at the University of South Africa (UNISA) between 1997-2000.

This was included in his CV when submitting for the Mango positon in 2006, but that after alterations had been made in 2010, the wording was changed with the previously completed degree now being listed as delayed.

“Not only does it appear that Mr Bezuidenhout misrepresented his qualifications in his 2006 CV when he applied for the Mango job, it also appears that he and the SAA Board lied in their damage control efforts after the story broke in the Sunday Times,” said Michael.

An investigation by the paper in November last year, found that Bezuidenhout had only obtained matric and never the BCom or MBA as stipulated on his CV, when he was appointed at the national carrier in place of suspend CEO, Monwabisi Kalawe. Bezuidenhout later told the SABC that the staff of both carriers and Mango board always knew he never had a degree.

Michael said that the party had already written to Public Enterprises Portfolio Committee Chairperson, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, requesting that Bezuidenhout appear before the committee to explain the inaccuracies.

 

CAPTION: Mango CEO and SAA acting CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout. IMAGE sourced from flickr.com

 

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