In a move that could heighten concerns about divisions and confusion at the heart of the government when SA is grappling with its biggest economic crisis, finance minister Tito Mboweni has again publicly questioned the necessity of having a national airline.

Coming less than a month after he signed off on a R10.5bn bailout for SAA — at the expense of funding that had been earmarked for universities and justice, among others — the comments raised eyebrows and could add to investor uncertainty about SA’s policy direction...

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