South Africa: Former SAA CFO Stands Ground On 'Myeni's Mess'

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Former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni's lawyer tried to corner the airline's former CFO Wolfgang Meyer at her delinquency hearing on Monday, suggesting he was biased, that she had shown caution on crucial deals, and others shared responsibility for the airline's troubles. It was a day of mud-throwing, to the judge's frustration.

Advocate Nqabayethu Buthelezi began his cross-examination of former SAA chief financial officer (CFO) Wolfgang Meyer, in the North Gauteng High Court, by asking if he was biased against the airline's former chairperson, Dudu Myeni.

Buthelezi said Meyer used "peculiar" terms in his testimony to describe Myeni that "indicate extreme bias", including: criminal conduct, very cheeky, shocking, highly irregular, nonsense, and "I don't know what she was smoking".

Meyer denied he was biased and said his comments were an accurate and correct reflection of Myeni's leadership.

The attempt by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the SAA Pilots' Association to have Myeni, who chaired SAA from 2013 to 2017, declared a delinquent director, continued on Monday.

On Friday, Meyer said she lied, ruled through fear and obstructed deals that could have improved the beleaguered airline's finances.

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