Published on : Monday, December 4, 2017
“SAA’s Muslim customers can be assured that AirChefs, the catering subsidiary of the airline, is compliant with the stringent Halaal requirements as stated and governed by the governing body, the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), and is also regarded as one of the oldest, most representative and most influential religious organizations in South Africa,” says Tlali Tlali, SAA’s Spokesperson.
The airline’s response on this matter follows the publication of a sensational report in today’s edition of the Daily Voice newspaper where anonymous persons made unsubstantiated claims of non-compliance.
“The claims made are baseless and malicious and appear to be the works of a handful of disgruntled employees who wish to bring the name of AirChefs and by extension, SAA into disrepute.
“Nevertheless, the newspaper proceeded to publish a sensational report under a misleading and harmful headline, based on a mere say so of its sources without attaching weight to the countervailing evidence to the claims made. The MJC is a highly respected body in the Muslim community and the story published casts aspersions on their independence and integrity,” says Tlali.
“This article has the potential to create doubt in the minds of our Muslim customers, and employees, which is a regrettable consequence of highly irresponsible journalism that falls short of the standards expected of the media. Furthermore, the article caused considerable damage to the AirChefs brand with the potential of even hurting the company’s future commercial interests. We are therefore considering our legal options in this regard,” says Tlali.