Fe­dusa wel­comes Myeni probe

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Frank Nx­u­malo

THE FED­ER­A­TION of Unions of South Africa (Fe­dusa) wel­comes the de­ci­sion by the Com­pa­nies Tri­bunal to in­ves­ti­gate the suit­abil­ity of SAA chair­per­son Dudu Myeni, es­pe­cially whether she acted in a delin­quent man­ner in her ca­pac­ity as di­rec­tor of the SAA board.

The tri­bunal is a newly es­tab­lished body un­der the Com­pa­nies Act and its func­tions in­clude re­view­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive de­ci­sions and com­pli­ance no­tices of com­pa­nies.

The Com­pa­nies and In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Com­mis­sion, the ap­pli­cant in the case, told the tri­bunal that, in 2013, Myeni lied twice to for­mer pub­lic en­ter­prises min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba about the Air­bus deal, telling him that the SAA board had agreed to lease only two new air­craft from Air­bus when in re­al­ity it was leas­ing 10. Myeni claimed this was a mis­take and the case should be thrown out of court.

Eth­i­cal lead­er­ship is crit­i­cally needed at SAA to turn the ail­ing na­tional car­rier around as the weak econ­omy can no longer af­ford to con­tin­u­ously bail it out. The air­line has suf­fered losses of more than R10.5 bil­lion over the past five years and the sit­u­a­tion has de­te­ri­o­rated un­der Myeni. It was re­ported in the Mail and Guardian of June 15 that Myeni had missed six board meet­ings since it was ap­pointed by for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han. Fe­dusa me­dia and re­search of­fi­cer

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