- The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has emerged victorious in their lengthy battle against Dudu Myeni
- The former SAA board chairperson has now been declared a delinquent director for her leadership of the now-defunct state-owned entity
- This means that Myeni will no longer be legally allowed to serve as a director - of any company - for the rest of her life
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The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse and the SAA Pilots' Association have won their long legal battle against Dudu Myeni.
Briefly.co.za reported that the two groups sought to have Myeni stripped of the ability to lead any company as a director.
The legal battle centred around her time as the chair of the SAA board for five years from 2012, during which Myeni made headlines for 'all the wrong reasons'.
Handing down judgement in the matter, Judge Ronel Tolmay declared Myeni a delinquent director for life:
“This declaration of delinquency is to subsist for the remainder of Ms Myeni’s lifetime. This judgment and the evidence led is referred to the NPA for their consideration and determination of whether an investigation regarding possible criminal conduct should follow.”
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Tolmay further ordered Myeni to pay OUTA and SAAPA's legal costs in the matter, including the costs of three counsel.
After three years attempting to hold Myeni accountable in the legal arena, this has been warmly welcomed.
OUTA's chief legal officer Stefanie Fick weighed in on the victory, saying the group is extremely pleased:
“We are extremely pleased to see justice meted out in a prominent matter related to state capture. When we set out on this matter three years ago, we knew it would take time and would be very costly. But every minute and every rand spent was worth it.
"We believed then, as we do now, that it is important to hold people like Ms Myeni to account, as opposed to seeing them get away with acts of gross misconduct, year after year. Imagine what could have been done with the endless amounts of taxes lost in her tenure to alleviate poverty and advance democracy.”
Grant Back, Chairperson of SAAPA, has also described the legal win as a victory, commenting that:
“This is a victory for the pilots of SAA. We believe it is important for internal organisations to take a stand against their directors when it is necessary to do so, as was the case with Ms Myeni during her tenure as the chair."
The National Prosecuting Authority has now been called upon to take swift action following the judgement:
“We trust that Ms Myeni will meet the full brunt of the law and that the NPA will use this judgment and evidence to successfully prosecute Ms Myeni for her role in state capture."
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