SA Express slams Business Rescue judgement as unsatisfactory
6 February 2020, Johannesburg. SA Express board of directors noted the judgement against SA Express and are seeking further legal advice in relation to the Business Rescue judgement received on 6 February 2020.
The SA Express board states that there are disputes with the supplier and that it has been dealing with the malfeasance in an orderly process.
The review of the judgement by SA Express’ lawyers indicates that the court exceeded what was required and granted orders not sought by the applicant. The court has also not made any order on whether the matter was urgent or not, in circumstances when the urgency was specifically opposed.
It is a known fact that SA Express has been plagued by suppliers who are currently under internal review for serious abuse of the procurement system, unfair pricing and overcharging.
The airline states that it would be irresponsible and amount to wasteful and fruitless expenditure to make payment on invoices submitted by Ziegler in circumstances where it was aware of irregularities.
It would be absolutely criminal to allow further misuse of taxpayers’ money to reward a company whose contract has been identified, through forensic investigations, as irregular and in contravention of PFMA.
Tens of invoices, allowed by previous SA Express management, were found to have discrepancies and it is on this, among a number of other issues, that the airline will appeal.