- Former SAA Board Chairperson Dudu Myeni has appeared before the State Capture Inquiry
- However, Myeni has opted to invoke her right to remain silent on matters relating to SAA
- The former SAA board chairperson explained that this was due to the ruling declaring her a delinquent director
Former South African Airways board chairperson Dudu Myeni has invoked her right to remain silent. This comes as Myeni appeared before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond to answer to allegations relating to her time at the airline.
Myeni explained that she did not want to risk incriminating herself due to the case against her:
"I highly respect this commission, I always act responsibly and I am willing and have committed to present myself to this commission so that we deal, once and for all, with everything that has been said and all the false accusations and insinuations about me in my absence."
"But now the problem I have is that the court judgment, which I have been advised to appeal is before the commission and it's known and it's public and therefore I would like to exercise my right and answer where I can."
This comes after numerous witnesses implicated the former chair at the inquiry. Myeni's lawyers explained that they appeared before the commission to avoid being held in contempt.
However, the lawyers were adamant that they would be failing their client if they allowed her to answer potentially incriminating questions. In response to Zondo asking if she would feel comfortable answering questions on Eskom and BOSASA, her advocate responded by saying:
“We’d be failing in our duties not to warn our client to say, ‘Well, rather you say nothing’. And we don’t want to be contentious of the commission, but we don’t even know what’s she’s been investigated for. It could be issues around Bosasa, it could be a whole lot of issues. So, for the protection of our client, we’ve just said let’s limit what we say.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse and the SAA Pilots' Association won their long legal battle against Dudu Myeni.
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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