The board of South African Airways is to convene a formal disciplinary inquiry into the conduct of suspended Chief Executive Officer Monwabisi Kalawe.

The decision was made after an investigation of complaints against Kalawe, and advice from its legal advisers, Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, and senior counsel, the board of the state-owned airline said in an e-mailed statement.

“It is not appropriate to divulge the details of the allegations against Mr Kalawe at this stage,” the board said in the statement.

Kalawe will remain suspended until the inquiry convened before an independent external chairman, Nazeer Cassim, a senior member of the Johannesburg Bar, is finished, the board said.

Two calls to Kalawe’s mobile phone went directly to voice mail.

The allegations relate to “serious misconduct” ranging from non-compliance with critical policies and procedures as well as legislation, including the Public Finance Management Act, SAA’s Supply Chain Management Policy, the Job Evaluation Policy, Recruitment & Selection Policy and the Delegation of Authority Policy, the board said. Kalawe is also accused by the board of gross misrepresentation to the public enterprises minister and failure to always act in the best interests of SAA.

With assistance from Amogelang Mbatha in Johannesburg.

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