Former South African Airways (SAA) Board Chair Dudu Myeni is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday morning.
She is accused of naming a witness when testifying at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry in November 2020 despite an order of the commission’s chair, Raymond Zondo, that the name must be withheld.
Myeni will appear on a charge of defeating the ends of justice and two alternative charges of contravention of the Commission’s Act and contravention of the Commission’s Regulations.
The witness who testified in camera, implicated Myeni in alleged dodgy deals when she was chairperson of the Mhlathuze Water Board in KwaZulu-Natal.
In 2020, Myeni was declared a delinquent director for life by the high court in Pretoria.
State Capture report found Dudu Myeni ran the SAA under a cloud of fear and intimidation:
In 2020, Advocate Kate Hofmeyr cautioned Myeni against revealing the identity of Mr. X. “Ms Myeni, I would caution you, not to refer to this witness as anything other than Mr. X.”
Myeni responded, “Honestly, I am feeling so bad about this whole thing because I don’t mean to disrespect anyone and especially, I don’t mean to disrespect the Commission or the Chairperson. I am feeling very bad. Ms Hofmeyr, if I have mentioned him again, it would be out of … first, maybe, I do not know. I did not hear myself whether I said his name or not. One, it was disbelief. Two, it was an emotion that came with it, and feeling betrayed. I apologise. If I’ve said it again, it’s really something that I am … I think my mind is not into it. I apologise.”