Dudu Myeni becomes centre of verbal spat between MPs

The Democratic Alliance's (DA) Alf Lees says Myeni threatened him after he revealed that she flew British Airways between Durban and Cape Town.

FILE: Former SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - South African Airways’ (SAA) embattled chairperson Dudu Myeni became the centre of a verbal spat between Members of Parliament (MPs) on Friday morning, as a meeting to discuss the airline's financials got momentarily sidetracked.

The Democratic Alliance's (DA) Alf Lees says Myeni threatened him after he revealed that she flew British Airways between Durban and Cape Town.

Matters got heated when he demanded an apology.

But the African National Congress' Dikeledi Mahlangu says the meeting was not the correct forum to address the matter.

“I’ve always had a problem whereby instead of playing the ball, we're playing the man.”

The DA's David Maynier then jumped in.

“Dudu Myeni is not a chairperson, she is a corporate warlord.”

The Economic Freedom Fighters' Floyd Shivambu backed him up.

“It’s inappropriate of a chairperson of a board of a state-owned company to call any Member of Parliament to want to make a follow-up or raise intimidations or issues.”

After taking legal advice on the matter, chairperson of the committee Yunus Carrim suggested that Myeni and Lees meet to clear the air, or else refer the matter back to him to resolve.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)