SAA debate: Malema takes aim at 'Dudu Myeni Zuma'

Cape Town - Opposition MPs came out all guns blazing on Tuesday when a debate was called on the challenges facing SAA.         

The debate was requested by EFF MP Floyd Shivambu, who couldn’t take part in the session because he had been ejected from the National Assembly earlier for not adhering to speaker Baleka Mbete’s requests that he should behave appropriately.

EFF leader Julius Malema spoke in Shivambu’s place and immediately raised the ire of ANC MPs when he repeatedly referred to SAA’s incumbent chairperson Dudu Myeni as “Dudu Myeni Zuma”.

The house chair ruled though that there was no stipulation in the National Assembly rules, which prohibited Malema from adding “Zuma” to Myeni’s last name.

Malema claimed that Myeni was unable to properly oversee the running of SAA, including its international offices, such as the one in Brazil.

“Under her leadership, the airline did not undergo any transformation in supply chain management. In fact, she appointed a German company to do SAA’s catering,” Malema added.

DA MP Alf Lees who is also his party’s spokesperson on SAA said in his speech that Myeni is “a corporate warlord” who is only interested in enriching herself and her cronies.

He alleged that Myeni conducted a “rein of tyranny” and that she was bullying fellow board members by taking away their cellphones and laptops before every meeting. “And at the end of the meeting she’d confiscate their notes. If I were a new board member I’d rather resign than being bullied,” Lees said.

Themba Godi, APC MP and chairperson of the standing committee on pubic accounts (Scopa) said the sorry state of affairs have continued at SAA over a number of years. “National Treasury granted a R5bn guarantee. It’s not the first; but will it be the last?”

Although he didn’t mention Myeni by name he said South Africa and its institutions needed leaders with “integrity and humility”.

The DA’s Natasha Mazzone said SAA’s flight routes were decided upon based on the ANC’s geopolitical interests. “It has been plagued by poor strategic and management decisions. And at the centre of it all is Dudu Myeni.”

She questioned how “one woman could hold such power over a government”.

“She has brought this country’s economy to its knees,” Mazzone said with reference to former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene’s dismissal over an alleged fallout with Myeni over an Airbus deal.

Read more on the Q&A in parliament:

Zuma vs Ramaphosa: Who is in charge of SOEs?

Zuma defends SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni

Zuma 'clueless' about his 9-point plan - DA

Read Fin24's top stories trending on Twitter:

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Rand - Dollar
17.56
-0.5%
Rand - Pound
21.17
-0.6%
Rand - Euro
18.93
-0.1%
Rand - Aus dollar
12.14
-0.4%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+0.1%
Platinum
977.94
+0.4%
Palladium
1,616.83
-0.9%
Gold
1,872.92
+0.1%
Silver
22.42
+0.3%
Brent Crude
79.94
-2.8%
Top 40
73,543
-0.7%
All Share
79,657
-0.7%
Resource 10
74,017
-1.6%
Industrial 25
103,347
-0.1%
Financial 15
16,356
-1.2%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Company Snapshot
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE
Government tenders

Find public sector tender opportunities in South Africa here.

Government tenders
This portal provides access to information on all tenders made by all public sector organisations in all spheres of government.
Browse tenders