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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
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