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Dudu Myeni's reappointment draws widespread concern & condemnation

Government announced yesterday that Dudu Myeni has been reappointed to serve a two-year term.

Chairperson of South African Airways Dudu Myeni. Picture: whoswho.co.za

PRETORIA - There's been widespread concern and outright condemnation of the reappointment of Dudu Myeni as South African Airways' board chairperson.

Government announced yesterday that Myeni has been reappointed to serve a one-year term, while 11 other board members have been appointed on three-year terms.

Myeni has been blamed for the struggling airline's financial difficulties.

While government fully supports Myeni, claiming she has expertise in business strategy and development, she's been widely blamed for the carrier's decline.

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse says the previous board purged the airline of excellent senior staff and has called on the new board to reappoint suitably skilled personnel to turn the airline around.

It says Myeni should be held accountable for poor governance and performance issues at the airline, saying it's a pity government didn't use this opportunity to remove her from the board.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance says considering Myeni's record is so poor, it's considering appropriate legal steps.

Myeni is a close ally of President Jacob Zuma and was reportedly excluded on a proposed board by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

However, it's understood the president rejected the list to ensure Myeni retained her post.