Reappointed chairman of South Africa’s state airline, Dudu Myeni, should be removed from the post, the opposition Democratic Alliance announced Sunday, saying that during her tenure the carrier has lurched among crisis.
DA said it will seek court action to declare that Myeni was an “inappropriate and incapable appointment”.
“The announcement by cabinet to re-appoint Ms. Myeni undermines the principle of appointing the brightest and the best to serve the state and its entities,” James Selfe, the DA’s federal executive chairman, said in an e-mailed statement. Under Myeni, SAA has “lept from man-made crisis to crisis.”
While she has been in the job, SAA failed to publish two consecutive years of financial reports and recorded apparent losses of more than R4 billion ($276 million) in each year, according to the party’s statement. The Democratic Alliance said the state company had more than a R1 billion loss in the first quarter of the 2017 financial year. Myeni has put the airline at risk of losing lucrative routes, which will reduce revenue, the party said.
In addition to Myeni, the government on Friday appointed new non-executive board members to end months of wrangling between the National Treasury and the carrier.
The cabinet two weeks ago announced plans for President Jacob Zuma to lead a new panel to oversee all state-owned companies — a role previously delegated to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and other ministers.
Myeni is a former schoolteacher and also heads Zuma’s charitable foundation. Tladi Tladi, SAA’s spokesman wasn’t immediately available for comment.