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Myeni says SAA stopped paying her legal fees to humiliate her

SAA was covering Dudu Myeni’s legal fees through the directors’ liability insurance but stopped after she decided to change her defence team.

Former SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni testifying in her delinquency case at the High Court in Pretoria on 20 February 2020. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

PRETORIA – Former South African Airways (SAA) board chairperson Dudu Myeni on Friday said the airline withdrew funds for her legal fees in order to humiliate her.

Myeni testified in her delinquency case brought against her by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the South African Airways Pilots' Association (SAAPA). The two organisations said that her management style cost the airline billions in revenue.

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SAA was covering Myeni’s legal fees through the directors’ liability insurance but stopped after she decided to change her defence team.

Myeni insisted that she was unable to come to court due to being unemployed, pleading poverty. This was despite having earned more than R4 million since 2016.

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