DA heads to court to have Myeni booted

Last week, Cabinet announced Dudu Myeni has been reappointed to the position of SAA board chairperson.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced it will approach the courts to have the reappointment of South African Airways (SAA) board chairperson Dudu Myeni set aside.

Party leader Mmusi Maimane says Myeni is unfit for the position because she is incapable of leading the airways to a solvent state.

Last week, Cabinet announced Myeni has been reappointed to the position of SAA board chairperson.

The DA says Myeni's dismal management track record over the past four years is enough to have her booted from her position.

Maimane says the party will be taking legal action seeking Myeni's removal.

"We believe there is prima facie evidence that the decision to have her reappointed is irrational given her poor performance as a chairperson of the SAA board over the last four years."

DA officials say even though SAA operates within a difficult financial environment, other airlines are able to operate at a profit under the same conditions.

The party claims Myeni was strategically reappointed to advance deals in President Jacob Zuma's favour.

The DA says it questioned Myeni's appointment when it was revealed she had underperformed in her previous position as Mhlathuze Water board chairperson.

The party says a year after Myeni was appointed SAA chairperson, the airline registered a R1.2 billion loss.

Meanwhile, SAA says it has been granted an extension to submit financial statements to Hong Kong in a bid to secure the Asian route.

The state-owned carrier was initially given until tomorrow to submit the documents but this has now been pushed back to the end of September.

SAA has failed to publish annual statements for the past two years and is in danger of defaulting on its debt.

The national carrier's spokesperson Tlali Tlali says the airline met with Hong Kong authorities to explain their situation.

"SAA was able to interact and engage with the Hong Kong authorities and about two weeks ago, we were able to secure an extension so that we are able to work on the outstanding matters that would enable us to submit all the required information to ensure we remain compliant."