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Dudu Myeni loses court appeal over Outa delinquency case

The case to have Dudu Myeni declared a delinquent director was beset by delays, mainly on her part.

FILE: Dudu Myeni. Picture: Gallo Images/Veli Nhlapo.

PRETORIA - The High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday dismissed an application by former South African Airways (SAA) board chair Dudu Myeni for leave to appeal a December ruling allowing the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) to bring a delinquency case against her.

The case to have Myeni declared a delinquent director was beset by delays, mainly on her part.

While dismissing Myeni’s latest application, the judge also ordered her to pay Outa and the SAA Pilots Association’s (Saapa) legal fees within the next 30 days.

In a surprise turn of events, Myeni on Monday filed a last-minute appeal aimed at quashing the application by Outa to declare her a delinquent director.

Her legal team had argued that Outa had no legal standing to drag her to court.

In her ruling, Judge Ronel Tolmay said Outa was funded by taxpayers and had every right to bring her to court.

“The application is dismissed [and] the first defended is to pay the costs of the application. The costs are immediately taxable and payable within 30 days of taxation,” Tolmay said.

Meanwhile, Myeni’s s lawyer Nqabayethu Buthelezi informed the High Court they would head to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.