More than 700 SA Express workers have lost their jobs after the High Court in Johannesburg upheld the airline’s final liquidation.
Liquidators first applied to wind up the airline in 2000 to collect more than 900 million rand owed to creditors.
The regional airline joins a list of local airlines that have shut down in the past three years, including Comair.
In 2020, former finance minister Tito Mboweni expressed support for the liquidation of SA Express and South African Airways.
Unions tried to resist liquidation, but failed. Unions say the government should have stepped in to stop further job losses in the sector.
The plight of SA Express workers has been going on for years, two years ago, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they marched to the Trade Union Building.
VIDEO | SA Express workers march to the Union Buildings: