Today's Big Stories

Captain John Harty denies plot to sabotage black SAA pilot after Hawks probe

Chairperson of the South African Airways (SAA) Pilots Association, John Harty, says that there is no evidence to substantiate claims that white SAA pilots have been involved in a plot to sabotage an aircraft flown by a black pilot.

This comes after the Hawks reportedly confirmed an investigation into a number of intelligence reports at the SAA, which include this alleged sabotage plot.

During Harty's lengthy questioning on Friday, he said the Hawks alleged to have evidence that he and other pilots were recruiting technicians to sabotage the rudder system and discredit black pilots.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

There were five Hawks officials, including two Brigadiers, which to me seems like a heavy-handed delegation, and quite intimidating... They were very civil and polite, but they were very serious.

Captain John Harty, chairperson of the SAA Pilots Association

It is extremely disturbing, to us as the pilots of SAA, that someone is prepared to stoop this low; to try and bring in the race card and influence what we're trying to do at the moment.

Captain John Harty, chairperson of the SAA Pilots Association

Read More
Nene 'stops Myeni in her tracks', rejects SAA's Airbus deal

Nene 'stops Myeni in her tracks', rejects SAA's Airbus deal

Finance minister Nhanhla Nene has issued a stern warning to the Board of South African Airways over the controversial Airbus deal.

Where on earth are the black pilots in SA?

Where on earth are the black pilots in SA?

The number of black pilots in South Africa is very low. SAA seized its cadet scheme due to financial difficulties.

Parliament shines spotlight on SAA management

Parliament shines spotlight on SAA management

EWN's Gaye Davis reports about Parliamentary proceedings firing questions at SAA's leadership, in the wake of proposed deal with Airbus.

Why SAA pilots passed a vote of no confidence over 'dysfunctional' board

Why SAA pilots passed a vote of no confidence over 'dysfunctional' board

Captain John Harty, chairman of the SAA Pilots Association, explains the concerns the pilots have with the national air carrier.

 Why SAA wants an unaffordable Airbus deal

Why SAA wants an unaffordable Airbus deal

SAA is reportedly going ahead with a lease agreement with Airbus, despite the country not needing it or being able to afford it.

Fixing SAA won’t be easy. Senior pilot Captain John Harty thinks he knows how...

Fixing SAA won’t be easy. Senior pilot Captain John Harty thinks he knows how...

The Chair of the SAA Pilots Association, Captain John Harty, gives a pilot’s perspective on fixing our ailing national carrier.

Popular articles
Lessons from the spectacular collapse of Steinhoff (e.g. diversity matters)

Lessons from the spectacular collapse of Steinhoff (e.g. diversity matters)

Bruce Whitfield interviews Gordon Institute of Business Science Dean (and marketing expert) Professor Nicola Kleyn.

Number of South Africans visiting the seaside has dropped

Number of South Africans visiting the seaside has dropped

Fedhasa's CEO is encouraging South Africans to take a look at the specials that are currently out there and make their bookings.

Casac to challenge Zuma's appeal of Abrahams High Court order

Casac to challenge Zuma's appeal of Abrahams High Court order

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will appeal a High Court order that its head Shaun Abrahams leave office.

Instead of investigating state capture they are investigating me - Jacques Pauw

Instead of investigating state capture they are investigating me - Jacques Pauw

Journalist and author Jaques Pauw says he doesn't understand why he being investigated and summoned to appear before police.

 Metrorail central line trains suspended due to vandalism

Metrorail central line trains suspended due to vandalism

Metrorail regional manager, Richard Walker says criminals are making it hard for them to operate in the area.

Steinhoff money woes and why you should care

Steinhoff money woes and why you should care

The company lost around R100 billion leaving the JSE reeling in one of the biggest private sector business scandals.

How businessman Max Lichaba struck gold with his jewellery company

How businessman Max Lichaba struck gold with his jewellery company

Entrepreneur Max Lichaba built his own empire and is the CEO of Lichaba Creations and several other businesses. This is his story.