Former board chairperson of South African Airways (SAA), Dudu Myeni, is claiming poverty, so much so that she provided this as a reason she didn’t show up in court for two days this week.
But the court expects her to be present on Thursday, having postponed the matter on Tuesday.
Myeni was a no-show at the North Gauteng High Court on Monday and Tuesday due to what she described as financial constraints. She was supposed to appear in court to face an application by Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) and the SAA Pilots Association (SAAPA) to have her declared a delinquent Director.
The two organisations said management of finances at the national airliner collapsed right under Myeni’s watch and she cannot be allowed to cause similar misery for other businesses. Myeni has been accused of having a hand in a number of questionable multi-million rand deals and for putting SAA under financial strain.
OUTA chief legal officer, Advocate Stefanie Fick, said South Africans have grown impatient with what they see as lack of action on people accused of corruption and mismanagement of State Owned Enterprises’ (SOEs)funds. “This happened years ago, so why does it have to take so long for accountability in South Africa?
I think each and every South African is tired of hearing about state capture but none of the state capturers are held accountable. We are proud as OUTA and SAAPA to say we took up this fight, to at least show the public that someone will be held accountable. It’s only sad this matter is postponed until Thursday but hopefully on Thursday everyone can be assured that we will fight to ensure that this matter is not postponed,” Fick said.
Judge Ronel Tolmay postponed the matter after the applicants agreed to that.