South African Airways (SAA) chairperson Dudu Myeni is studying legal papers after the South African Airways Pilots’ Association (SAAPA) announced that it will start legal proceedings to have her declared unfit to hold office.
The association says it will collaborate with lobby group Organization Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) in the legal action. SAAPA also says it believes the national flag carrier is in distress as a result of dysfunctional leadership.
Myeni says the accusations are lies.
OUTA and SAAPA want Myeni disqualified from holding any position in any company for the next seven years, if they win the court action against her.
SAAPA says morale at the state-owned airline is at an all-time low while OUTA says SAA has lost an estimated 10.5 billion Rand (about 797 million US dollars) over the five-year period of Myeni’s leadership.
The lobby group says this is a result of irregular deals, suspicious contracts and wasteful expenditure. Myeni has further dismissed these claims.
“The narrative of SAA being a drain in the fiscus is fallacious and highly misleading. It misleads people that do not understand aviation. SAA has never received cash from the government under my tenure. These historic losses date back from the tenure of the previous regime,” Myeni says
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK