Dudu Myeni cites poverty as she fails to appear before court

Disgraced former SAA chair, Dudu Myeni

In a case of proving delinquency through disdain for court proceedings, former SAA chair Dudu Myeni appears to be playing into the hands of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the SAA Pilots Association (Saapa), the applicants who filed papers more than two years ago to have her declared a “delinquent director”.

Yesterday, as Outa and Saapa arrived at court in the hopes of seeing some progress in a matter that’s been pending since March 2017, Myeni reportedly phoned to say she could not afford to get to Pretoria.

And although her residential address is in KwaZulu-Natal, it could not be confirmed whether she was at home at the time of yesterday’s call.

Confirmation that she has found her wings a little clipped ever since her ignominious fall from grace came with the announcement earlier this year that her previous legal team, ENS, cancelled their representation of Myeni.

More recently, attorney Daniel Mantsha, who also represents Jacob Zuma, sent notice to Outa and Saapa that she was no longer his client.

Judge Ronel Tolmay, however, is showing every sign of giving Myeni a fair chance of appearing before court, and has given her time till next Tuesday to try to make the necessary travel arrangements.

Should she again fail to make it to court, the matter in which Outa and Saapa will attempt to prove that Myeni, during her tenure as SAA chair from 2012 to 2017 resulted in the airline’s financial ruination, will proceed.

If found guilty of being a delinquent director, Myeni will be prevented from holding any such position, including the one she currently has as chair of the Jacob Zuma Foundation.

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