- The former chairperson of South African Airways has revealed that she has resigned from all her board memberships
- This came to light when she submitted an appeal to overturn an order which declared her a delinquent director for life
- Her legal team argued that her rights were violated and that Judge Ronel Tolmay had made a mistake in his ruling in May 2020
Dudu Myeni has revealed in her urgent court submission that she has stepped down from all her board memberships including her role as chairperson of the Jacob Zuma Foundation.
She made her submission at the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria in a bid to stop Outa and the SAA Pilots Association from imposing an order which ruled that she is a delinquent director for life.
Her legal defence argued that Judge Ronel Tolmay had ruled incorrectly in May last year and that Outa and SAAPA had not proven that exceptional circumstances existed for their application to succeed.
Myeni denies that the decisions she made as chairperson of the SAA Board showed that she had failed in her role and had not following the principles of corporate governance.
Her legal team argued that she is no longer a board member of any state-owned entity and that her right to choose her trade which is protected by the Constitution was violated.
Outa and SAAPA legal counsel Carol Steinberg maintained that Myeni had missed the deadline to lodge an appeal and did not believe it would succeed. She has requested the High Court to dismiss the application.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Dudu Myeni's testimony at the State Capture Inquiry was arguably one of the tensest appearances seen yet.
The former SAA executive had been called before the Commission to answer to numerous allegations levied against her.
However, Inquiry chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo was met with fierce resistance.
Myeni had refused to answer most questions, adamant that she would not give testimony that would risk incriminating herself, even to the most redundant questions.
This situation was only compounded when Myeni had exposed the true identity of a protected witness, dubbed Mr X by the Inquiry.
In other news, former SAA Board Chairperson Duduzile Myeni is trying to choose which questions to answer as she appears at the State Capture Inquiry today. When Advocate Kate Hofmeyer asked Myeni to confirm former president Jacob Zuma's birthday, she refused to answer.
According to a tweet by a South African journalist, Myeni said in response to Hofmeyer's question:
"Chairperson may I not answer on the grounds that I may incriminate myself?"
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said that it was the last day of Myeni's testimony and that he would not allow her to choose which answers to give. He also said the commission was giving her the platform to respond to allegations made against her by witnesses.
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