Miyeni under pressure to resign from SAA

SAA board chairperson Dudu Miyeni will tell Parliament in 7 days whether or not she will step down.

FILE: A South African airways flight takes off as another one is parked in a bay on the tarmac on 25 May, 2010 at the Johannesburg O.R Tambo International airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - South African Airways board chairperson Dudu Miyeni will tell Parliament in seven days whether or not she will step down.

Miyeni came under fire from the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) during a meeting of Parliament's finance and public enterprises committees yesterday.

The ailing state of the national airline was put under the microscope and found wanting by Members of Parliament.

SAA has asked Treasury for a guarantee of between R4.5 billion so it can finalise its overdue financial statements as a going concern.

DA MP David Maynier asked when Miyeni would resign, saying it would be better for SAA and the country if she did so.

The EFF's Floyd Shivambu raised Miyeni's close ties to President Jacob Zuma.

An unrepentant Miyeni told Eyewitness News she's under attack because she wants SAA to buy goods and services from 50 percent black-owned suppliers.

"If South Africans in a united voice say I must stop giving opportunities to black people they must say it and I'm saying it in a very respectful way."

Miyeni told MPs she would respond within seven days to Maynier's question of whether or not she would resign.

SAA has until mid-January to submit its overdue annual report to Parliament.