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First on EWN: SAA chair accused of receiving pay-off

Suspended CEO Monwabisi Kalawe has accused Dudu Myeni of accepting a pay-off from Airbus.

FILE: It's alleged the SAA chair changed the minutes of a board meeting to claim it had only decided to lease two planes instead of ten, so she could secure a contract with Airbus to directly buy eight planes. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt suspended South African Airways (SAA) CEO Monwabisi Kalawe has accused the airline chairperson, Dudu Myeni, of changing board decisions so she could receive a pay-off from plane builder, Airbus.

Kalawe also claims that Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba was only moved from the Public Enterprises Department because he had an altercation with Myeni.

The claims are contained in legal papers filed by Kalawe in an application to stop his disciplinary hearing and return to work.

In his legal application, Kalawe says that at one point, Myeni changed the minutes of a board meeting to claim it had only decided to lease two planes instead of ten, so she could secure a contract with Airbus to directly buy eight planes.

He says her desperation to then deal directly with Airbus was so that she could receive an incentive payment from the company.

Kalawe also says during a meeting at the home of the former Public Enterprises Minister last year, Gigaba spoke harshly to Myeni and that it was because of this breakdown that he was removed from that ministry.

In the documents, he says Myeni knew she was lying when she altered board meeting resolutions.

He says it's claimed Myeni is untouchable, that she sold her house to pay President Jacob Zuma's legal fees and that she's bragged about how she's always welcome at Nkandla.

Kalawe says Myeni also tried to get private investigator Paul O'Sullivan to investigate him in a bid to dredge up dirt.

He says that Myeni brought in consultant Nick Linnell to investigate him and that Linnell is not impartial.

Linnell was also selected by former Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi to run an inquiry into that parastatal.

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