'SAA is in the right hands'

Dudu Myeni was speaking after meeting with a group of concerned citizens at the airlines offices.

SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni in February 2015. Picture: Gallo Images/Veli Nhlapo.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways (SAA) chairperson Dudu Myeni says the airline is in the rights hands and says the fact it has met all its obligations, revenue is improving and that new routes have been developed, proves this.

Myeni was speaking after meeting with a group of concerned citizens, which included Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama and president of the Progressive Professionals Forum, Mzwandile Manyi, yesterday at the airlines offices.

While Myeni assures South Africans SAA is in good hands, the Democratic Alliance is challenging the rationality of her reappointment in court.

The party believes Myeni had a disastrous performance at the airline and claims under her, SAA received at least R15 billion from tax payers just to keep the airline going.

Myeni, however, says the airline has never received cash injection from government.

"We get given a paper, which is a government guarantee. We service those loans ourselves monthly, it's an expensive money that we're servicing. We've never received any cash injection from the government and that's what South Africans do not know (sic)."

She says no one should ever claim she put the airline in a mess and that she inherited the airline as it is.