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MPs grill SAA over decision to extend Dudu Myeni’s term

Myeni's tenure as board chair was to have expired in September, but Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has extended it until SAA’s annual general meeting takes place in early November.

FILE: SAA Chairperson Dudu Myeni. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The extension of the term of office of South African Airways (SAA) board chairperson, Dudu Myeni, is under scrutiny at Parliament.

SAA is appearing before the Standing Committee on Finance.

Myeni has sent her apologies and is not at the meeting.

Her tenure as board chair was to have expired in August, but Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has extended it until SAA’s annual general meeting takes place in early November.

But there’s a question mark over whether or not this is legal.

Deputy Finance Minister Sfiso Buthelezi was bluntly asked whether the extension of Myeni’s term was at the request of President Jacob Zuma.

“As to whether anybody gave the minister (Gigaba) a directive to extend Myeni’s term, the answer is a categorically no.”

Buthelezi says SAA’s Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) gives Gigaba the power to extend Myeni’s term.

But parliamentary legal adviser advocate Frank Jenkins disagrees.

“Clause 13.5 of the MOI, in my reading, does not give the authority for the extension.”

It’s also emerged that Cabinet hasn’t approved the decision, while the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission was also not informed timeously as the law demands.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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