DA calls for finance minister to suspend SAA chair

It’s been claimed that Dudu Myeni is protected by the president and is allowed to do what she wants.

FILE: Over the weekend the 'City Press' newspaper said SAA chair Dudu Myeni was selling time with President Jacob Zuma for thousands of rands a time. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it's now writing to Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene to ask him to suspend South African Airways (SAA) chair Dudu Myeni following claims she's been selling face time with President Jacob Zuma.

Earlier this year Eyewitness News revealed former SAA CEO Monwabisi Kalawe had said in court papers he believes Myeni was able to have Malusi Gigaba removed from the position of home affairs minister.

Over the weekend the City Press newspaper said Myeni was selling time with Zuma for thousands of rands a time.

It's been claimed that Myeni has been protected by Zuma and has been allowed to do what she wants at SAA.

Last week it was reported that she'd insisted on having bodyguards present during a board meeting and had refused to allow board members to enter that meeting with their cell phones.

Now the DA's Natasha Mazzone says this conduct could put SAA itself at risk.

"I'm not going to try and be overly dramatic but I think it has got to the point where we can see the airline shutting its doors. We have people leaving in droves and those who actually know what they are doing are leaving"

Myeni is also the chair of the Jacob Zuma Foundation.