South African Airways (SAA) chairperson Dudu Myeni has said she had nothing to do with the financial challenges being experienced by the national carrier. Speaking at a public meeting in Kempton Park on Thursday Myeni said she found SAA that way.

“You will never read that Myeni put the airline in a mess, I inherited it that way,” she said.

Myeni thanked Black First Land First leader and others including Progressive Professionals Forum’s President Mzwanele (Jimmy) Manyi.

Myeni told her guests that SAA was still paying for the actions of the previous board.

“We never came to a company that had a healthy balance sheet, our balance sheet was depleted, it’s still depleted today,” she said.

She said that under her leadership a turnaround strategy was created within SAA, which included a forensic investigation in order to establish why it was in financial trouble, she also claims progress has been made.

Myeni said the carrier is in good hands and believes it will produce positive results when it tables its annual financial statement.

“We have met all our obligations as and when they are due, this shows me our operations have improved, revenues are always improving all our air crafts are always full,” she said.

She also maintains SAA remains the best airline on the African continent.