24 August 2017

South Africa: Parliament - Dudu Myeni's Obfuscation Doesn't Fly With Scopa


SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni on Wednesday put the blame for much of the national carrier's woes on historic legacies, including actions taken by "foreigners" like former CEO Coleman Andrews. But he resigned from the national airline in 2001, while Myeni, who is also executive chairperson of the Jacob G Zuma Foundation, since 2012 has headed the board she joined in 2009. Faced with a litany of dodgy dealings, Parliament's watchdog on public spending, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa), was not impressed. By MARIANNE MERTEN.

Scopa brooks no fluffing. Committee members read documentation and are wont to ask detailed questions. Like, why has SAA incurred fines worth R6.7-million in the 2015/16 financial year for regulatory breaches such as allowing travellers to fly without the required visa documentation. Or why SAA is paying service providers on the back of letters of appointment, not signed contracts. Or why SAA started a route without proper costing to Abu Dhabi only to cancel it in late 2015 because it was losing R330-million a year.

On that last one from Scopa the answer from Myeni was simple and readily given, unlike the silent but frantic glances of the SAA CFO and acting CEO...

More on This

Sell SAA, Not the Future of SA

Reports that the Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, intends to "dispose of its 39.75% shareholding in Telkom, which is… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 Daily Maverick. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.