Satawu stands by SAA Chair Dudu Myeni

Last night the union condemned a vote of no-confidence by SAA pilots on the airline’s board.

FILE: Myeni has been accused of mismanaging the airline and of trying to introduce an unnamed third party into a one and a half billion rand deal.Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) says it's not acting as a lobby group for hire by defending South African Airways (SAA) Chair Dudu Myeni.

Last night Satawu condemned a vote of no-confidence by SAA pilots on the airline's board.

Myeni has been accused of mismanaging the airline and of trying to introduce an unnamed third party into a R1.5 billion deal.

Satawu's General-Secretary Zenzo Mahlangu says they have specific reasons for supporting Myeni on this particular issue.

"We support on the basis of the transformation agenda that is there. We don't think has to be clouded by other issues. When a person gets support from us, it must not be misconstrued to be supporting everything."

He also says some of the criticism of Myeni cannot be trusted.

"Those who are leaking information to the media themselves stood to benefit more than R100 million as individuals."

The National Treasury has said it wants more information from Myeni, before allowing her to continue with her proposed deal.