- Dudu Myeni has expressed in writing that she is too ill to appear in Parliament to testify on allegations of state capture
- In her letter, Myeni said she was being treated like a criminal, and asked whether Parliament treated every sick person like that
- She claims to be too sick to appear before Parliament, despite having been spotted having drinks at a hotel last week
Former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni said that Parliament is treating her like a criminal because she is too sick to appear before the portfolio committee on allegations of state capture.
On Tuesday morning, eNCA reporter Annika Larsen tweeted extracts of a letter to the committee by Myeni, in which she said her dignity is being violated, and that the committee is not sympathetic to her illness.
The Gupta brothers, along with Myeni and Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, were scheduled to appear before the committee on Tuesday, to answer questions about their alleged roles in state capture.
However, Parliament received the letter from Myeni on Monday, saying she could not appear because she was booked off sick.
This is reportedly the second time in a week that Myeni has failed to appear before the inquiry, Briefly.co.za learned.
Last week she claimed she could not fly to Cape Town due to health problems.
DA MP Natasha Mazzone said they had shown "unacceptable disregard" for Parliament.
"The Guptas have apparently flown the coop and are not in SA. Myeni claims she is still sick — we have yet to see the original doctor's note.
"This is a flagrant abuse of the committee's politeness and an unacceptable disregard for Parliament and the Constitution, under which this inquiry has been established, and cannot be allowed to continue," she reportedly said.
She added the DA would ask that the Guptas and Myeni be formally summoned on Tuesday, and ignoring the summons could mean a fine or imprisonment for up to a year.
"Those who attempted what is now known to be one of the greatest heists of all time must know this: there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. No one is above the law," Mazzone said.
Last week, Myeni was spotted by City Press at the four-star Garden Court hotel in Hatfield at about 10.30pm, despite having been too ill to attend the Parliamentary inquiry.
The article reported she was seated opposite a man, drinking wine, and staff said she had been at the hotel for two days.
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