The acting chief executive of SAA, Vuyisile Kona, has been placed on precautionary suspension.
The suspension comes in the wake of what the national carrier’s group corporate affairs executive Tlali Tlali called “certain allegations that have come to the attention of the board”.
Kona’s suspension was effective from Monday and the allegations will be fully investigated.
Tlali stressed the SAA board has not come to any conclusion as to the “veracity or otherwise” of the allegations.
Mango chief executive Nico Bezuidenhout will oversee SAA group operations in the interim.
The SAA board’s process to recruit a permanent chief executive is at the stage where evaluations are underway. Expectations are that the process will be complete by March 31 when recommendations will be made to Transport Minister Ben Martins.