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DA: Myeni's appointment shows lack of commitment to good governance

On Friday, government confirmed that Dudu Myeni would return to her position as SAA board chairperson.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the reappointment of Dudu Myeni as South African Airways (SAA)'s board chairperson shows a lack of commitment to good governance at state owned entities.

On Friday, government confirmed it had reinstated Myeni to her position, in addition to appointing a new board.

The SAA board chair will serve another one-year term, while the other 11 board members have been appointed on three year agreements.

There has been widespread condemnation of Myeni's reappointment, who has been blamed for contributing to the national airline's financial difficulties.

The DA's Mabine Seabe says, "Therefore the DA leader on Monday will announce steps to send to the council following the appointment of Dudu Myeni as chairperson because we can't have the situation where people who are close to the president are appointed to the position merely because of their position to the president."

Seabe said Myeni's reappointment undermines good governance at state owned entities.

"We as the DA are appalled that Dudu Myeni would be reappointed as chairperson of the SAA board given that during her tenure as board chairperson previously, she has turned SAA into nothing more than a money sucking leech."

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 said 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 said 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.

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.