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Ramaphosa’s office mum over Dudu Myeni’s fate

The deputy president’s office can’t say whether changing SAA’s board will have an impact on Myeni’s job.

FILE. Myeni has been accused of trying to interfere in a huge deal with Airbus and was appointed to her position at SAA after helping President Jacob Zuma start the Jacob Zuma Foundation. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The deputy president's office says while it will confirm that it's going to change the board of South African Airways (SAA), it can't say if that means Dudu Myeni will be removed from her position as chair.

Meanwhile, it now appears that while some journalists are barred from publishing an internal memo saying the airline must apply for business rescue, at least two NGOs have released its details with no repercussions.

Both the Right2Know Campaign and NGO, Ground Up, say they have not yet been told by SAA to delete their tweets linking to an internal SAA memo.

The Business Day newspaper is preparing to go to court to overturn the interim order after it published the memo on its front page on Tuesday.

Myeni has been accused of trying to interfere in a huge deal with Airbus and was appointed to her position at SAA after helping President Jacob Zuma start the Jacob Zuma Foundation.

But Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa won't be drawn on whether she'll be removed from her post.

"Let us allow the process to reach its logical conclusion and we will see how the board is re-established."

Mamoepa was then asked if this meant Myeni would be removed from her position as chair.

"In constituting the body you're not looking at individuals. You're looking at the tasks you've got to discharge to fulfil its mandate."

MUZZLING THE MEDIA

At the same time, the Right2Know Campaign's Murray Hunter says SAA's behaviour over the internal memo is unacceptable.

"I think that SAA would do much better to stop trying to find people to gag and to come forward and explain exactly what's in this document and why we haven't heard of it before."

Hunter says the situation around the internal memo is simply absurd.

"Certain journalists are muzzled. They're under a legal threat not to spread this information. But many other people are continuing to the enjoy the freedom to tweet, to share, to read."

This issue goes to the heart of the governance of state-owned enterprises and also when journalists can be barred from publishing information.

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