SAA briefing to Parliament cancelled after political parties clash

A briefing by South African Airways (SAA) to Parliament’s finance committee was called off on Wednesday after MPs from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) clashed on whether the meeting should be closed to the public. Acting finance committee chairperson Thandi Tobias stopped SAA executives from presenting its fourth quarter results, saying a decision was taken at the last meeting of the committee that the meeting be closed, something the DA said never happened. Tobias said until the committee secretariat could obtain recordings of the previous meeting and verify the decisions taken, SAA executives should fly back to Johannesburg.