South African Airways Chairman Dudu Myeni said the airline would be the official carrier of Bafana Bafana for the next five years, adding that the relationship would benefit both parties in the long-term.
“It is unacceptable that the bankrupt SAA which have been kept functioning with billions of rand of taxpayer’s money is now sponsoring the national soccer team with millions of rand,” said Groenewald.
“The airline must explain exactly what the sponsorship entails and where the money for the sponsorship will come from,” added Groenewald.
“The FF Plus will in parliamentary questions be asking for details about this sponsorship of Bafana Bafana. The silence about the detail is worrying and must be made known. We also want to know whether the airline acts as sponsor for any other institutions or teams,” added Groenewald.
“It is clear that the SAA only survives due to the billions of rand of the public’s taxes and this means per definition that the public now has to sponsor the soccer team through their taxes.
“The underachieving team is currently lying 70th on Fifa’s ranking list and will therefore struggle to gain large sponsors from the business community. It is unacceptable that the state and the public will have to sponsor a team that, just like the SAA, is an underachiever,” said Groenewald.