South African Airway's ex-CFO Phumeza Nhantsi has alleged that Dudu Myeni asked employees to do 'illegal things'. This is not the first time the airline's former chair has been implicated at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
Phumeza Nhantsi claims that Dudu Myeni pressured her to not present documents to the board of SAA, but to rather sign off on them herself, the inquiry heard yesterday:
"In a way she was asking us to do illegal things ... I feel if you do them she will again come back and say you did things that were illegal."
When asked by the inquiry's evidence leader why she did not alert authorities, Nhantsi claimed events had overtaken her, arguing that she had been focused on safeguarding the airline's assets at the time, reports Fin24.
Nhantsi had been put in place as interim CFO late in 2015, with the position made permanent in May 2017. By March 2018 she had been suspended.
She claims that she had faced unrelenting pressure from Myeni, who allegedly pushed to bypass the State-Owned Entities Board. Nhantsi says Myeni called her numerous times a day back in 2016.
Myeni had reportedly been pushing for Nhantsi to cancel a deal with BnP Capital, which had been tasked with sourcing a R15 billion debt-restructuring loan for the struggling airline.
The contract was cancelled in July after law firm, Webber Wentzel, threatened to take the airline to court, the inquiry was told. At the time, BnP Capital's licence to operate had been under suspension.
Myeni had also allegedly pushed for Nhantsi to hire a person who had flunked an interview, saying that she had diffused the situation by claiming she would place the candidate in another position.
Nhantsi told the inquiry that, shortly after arriving at SAA, she was instructed to interact with Masotsha Mngadi, Myeni's 'personal advisor', who was not employed by SAA.
Briefly.co.za reported that Ex-BOSASA COO Angelo Agrizzi had told the commission that Myeni was paid a R300 000 bribe, but Myeni denies this, saying nobody could 'test her with money'.
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