The Democratic Alliance (DA) is set to challenge Dudu Myeni’s reappointment as South African Airways (SAA) Board Chairperson in the High Court.
DA Leader Mmusi Maimane said they seek to have the reappointment of Myeni set aside as being “wholly irrational”.
“Our legal action thus seeks to have the reappointment of Ms Myeni set aside as being wholly irrational. We contend that Ms Myeni is an unfit and inappropriate appointment as she is incapable of steering the national carrier in the right direction,” said Maimane.
Last Friday, the Cabinet announced that the controversial Myeni was reappointed as SAA Board Chairperson, alongside 11 other board members to the board of SAA.
Maimane said they have a strong opinion that Myeni’s reappointment is a case of “prima facie”, given her appalling performance as SAA Board Chairperson over the past four year, resulting in the airline seeing a steady decline.
“We are thus of the opinion that there was no rational basis for the reappointment of Dudu Myeni as Board Chairperson based on her dreadful performance over the past four years, which simply cannot be overlooked,” said Maimane
“Ms Myeni has been doing President Zuma’s bidding at SAA for the past four years. It is the archetypal example of cadre deployment – appointing cronies to positions of power and influence to make Zuma-friendly decisions. This in and of itself renders Myeni unfit to oversee the national carrier,” added Maimane.
Myeni has been at the helm of the embattled SAA, which is in serious debt and faces grounding of its planes. Last week the airline took out an advert calling for R16 billion in funding.
The airline is facing huge pressure to release its financial reports showing solvency, or it could have its planes grounded. The group needs a guarantee from National Treasury for over R5 billion, which Gordhan was holding back until a new board was elected.
Maimane said the process of serving papers will take its course during the next few days, with the application to follow in the Western Cape High Court.