Business Report writes that struggling low-cost airline Mango allegedly paid R1 million to a recruitment agency to find a permanent chief executive. However, it ended up appointing the airline’s chief financial officer Marelize Labuschagne in an acting capacity after she threatened to resign because she had not been consulted.
Talent Africa was paid to find a permanent replacement for Nico Bezuidenhout in 2016, but the recruitment process was halted after Labuschagne had threatened to quit. Apparently, the airline identified a probable replacement among seven shortlisted candidates, but later retracted from the process after Labuschagne’s threat.
On Friday, Mango announced that it had appointed Labuschagne as acting chief executive, and that “the process to appoint a permanent chief executive is still ongoing.”
Insiders commented that Mango had nothing to show for the recruitment process despite having paid the money. “A previous recruitment process cost R1m in taxpayer money. Why do they have to do it again? Is it to bring somebody in who they have selected without a process?” one wanted to know.
Mango is a subsidiary of loss-making national carrier SAA. In e-mails seen by Business Report, Labuschagne said she had stopped the appointment of the candidate as no governance process had been followed. She said she also felt that her reputation had been attacked.