Within a 33 page document (which I have read), Judge EF Dippenaar handed down his judgement about the grounding of Cemair’s Part 121 and Part 135 fleet by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) on Wednesday 23 January. In an apparent victory by the SACAA in this tragic matter, CemAir’s application was dismissed with costs.
The following is the final judgement as per the case No.647/2019 heard in the Hight Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg.
Indeed, this is a very sad day for South African aviation, because there are no real winners in this saga. The fact that CemAir may not survive this grounding is very real and hundreds of aviation jobs will be at stake. At the same time I believe that the two parties should have sat around the same table and worked out a lasting solution. As the editor of African Pilot, I certainly will not and cannot take sides, but I appeal to all operators involved in similar disputes with the regulator to count to ten before rushing off to the courts. In aviation common ground is essential if this industry is to move forward in an orderly and regulated manner. Once all the facts are understood in this complex case, African Pilot will offer a detailed report for our readers.