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Myeni rubbishes claims she consults with Zuma before making decisions

Myeni responded strongly to some of the accusations levelled against her during a question session in Parliament on Wednesday.

SAA Chairperson Dudu Myeni. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN – South African Airways (SAA) chair Dudu Myeni has rubbished claims that she consults with President Jacob Zuma before making business decisions.

The question was posed by Members of Parliament (MPs) during Wednesday's parliamentary committee meeting over the financial situation of the national carrier's financial situation.

Myeni says she’s pleased to share the airline’s financial results that show a loss of R1.4 billion in the 2015/2016 financial year, a 74% improvement, compared to last year.

She responded strongly to some of the accusations levelled against her during the question session.

“I never consult anyone, my CV talks to the experience. When I served at Absa Bank as a board member, I never asked the president. When I served at the DTI, its subsidiary in KZN, I don’t ask anyone and I don’t need anyone to recommend what I can do and what I can offer.”

Myeni has asked for a list of names of people who are not allowed to do business with state owned entities.

She also denied having any contact with the Gupta family, who are at the centre of the Public Protector’s State of Capture report.

“I don’t know them, I’ve never interacted with them. I sit with people on the plane and if a person says ‘I’m a Gordhan’, it means I must jump and say don’t give me your business card because you’re a Gordhan.

“If I sit with a Mandela, I must run away. Don’t sit next to me, don’t give me your company profile.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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