Dudu Myeni desperately trying to evade Zondo Commission questions

Former SAA board chair blames OUTA-SAAPA case for her reluctance to reply.

04/11/2020 14:52:38

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dudu Myeni desperately trying to evade Zondo Commission questions


                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In Dudu Myeni’s evidence to the Zondo Commission on 4 November 2020, she used OUTA’s successful delinquent director case against her as a reason that she should be allowed to refrain from responding to questions on the SAA matter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Myeni told the commission that Judge Tolmay in the OUTA and SAA Pilots’ Association (SAAPA) case had referred her delinquent director judgment to the National Prosecuting Authority for consideration of charges against Myeni and she was concerned about incriminating herself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In addition, Myeni claimed that the documents used by OUTA-SAAPA in the case against her were documents emanating from the commission’s work, and she queried whether OUTA had permission from the commission to use these.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dudu Myeni, who was declared a delinquent director for life in May 2020, has applied for leave to appeal the judgment. OUTA and SAAPA are opposing this and are additionally calling for the delinquency order to be enforced pending any appeal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OUTA wishes to make it clear that the case against Myeni was based on an investigation which started in 2016 and the summons was served on Myeni in March 2017, well before the commission was set up in January 2018. Documents and evidence for the case were obtained from many sources, including the commission, all of which were obtained legally. In the Zondo Commission’s case, we obtained documents from the commission’s website (the link to which can be found here), which is available to the public, who have the right to access documents on previous testimony at the commission, through this website.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Ms Myeni is clearly doing everything she can to avoid providing information to the commission. The delinquency matter did not cover all the wrongdoing at SAA. Ms Myeni should assist the commission in uncovering the truth and refrain from using OUTA’s case against her as a deterrent in answering these important questions,” says Advocate Stefanie Fick, OUTA’s Executive Director: Accountability Division. “OUTA and SAAPA’s case was limited by time constraints in the number of matters that we wanted to bring to the court, and matters such as the BNP Capital transaction were not raised in this case. She was however still found to be delinquent in her actions on other facts we did present.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Zondo Commission will be digging into other matters that came in from other witnesses to the commission, such as SAA whistleblower Cynthia Stimpel, and it is our view that Myeni does not want this to happen, as these are issues for which she could face charges.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


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