- Dudu Myeni stands by her earlier claim that she didn't have the financial ability to attend court last year
- The former South African Airways chairperson was testifying in court on Friday
- This comes despite Myeni pulling in over R7 million just two years prior
The court battle to have Dudu Myeni declared a delinquent director for the role she played in SAA's current situation saw the former chairperson crying poverty.
Briefly.co.za reported that Myeni had failed to appear in court last year, claiming that she couldn't afford to foot the bill for travel costs.
Myeni raised this point again, adamant that she is unemployed and didn't have the financial means to attend:
"It is a fact. I'm not employed. I have limited living means."
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse took the ex-chair to court in a bid to prevent her from ever leading an organisation again.
The civil rights group's Carol Steinberg had argued that Myeni had earned R7 million just two years prior, adamant the ex-chair hadn't attended because she simply hadn't wanted to.
Steinberg confronted Myeni for texting her legal team whilst testifying:
"Are you aware you are not allowed to consult with your legal counsel while on the stand?" Steinberg said. "I can see that you are communicating with your counsel via your phone while on the stand. That is not allowed."
This was cut short when Myeni's phone died, something she brazenly didn't deny in the least.
Myeni didn't deny consulting with her lawyer. She said the battery had died so she would no longer be able to use her phone.
One of the key allegations against Myeni was that she was responsible for the failed R1.5 billion deal that would see SAA and Emirates working together.
The chairperson claims she can't understand why she is being targeted for a decision made by the collective.
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