Hawks boss Lieutenant General Berning Mthandazo Ntlemeza said that the chairperson of South African Airways (SAA) Ms. Dudu Myeni is not currently under investigation as speculated by some persons. Rather, the boss made it known that Myeni has been very helpful and has been helping Hawks in providing relevant and vital information necessary for the smooth investigation of South African Airways (SAA).
This was contained in a statement issued by Ntlemeza where he said
“For the record, Miss Dudu Myeni is not being investigated by the Hawks”.
“…since we began with the investigations last year, she has been very instrumental in providing us with information regarding this important probe.” maintained Lieutenant-General Berning Mthandazo Ntlemeza.
Also, he expressively said that Hawks seeks to keep itself far from certain media outlets which were “reporting untruths”.
“We remain committed to carrying out our mandate of uncovering the truth at SAA and the public will be kept abreast of developments as and when it is necessary”.
It would be recalled that following the drama that rocked South African Airways last year, the Hawks were pulled into the case in order to carry out thorough investigations into the matter. It is important to note that reports said that the investigation was initiated by Hawks and not by SAA as many assumed. The South African Airways was caught in the web of financial challenges and conflict which saw toes marched on pins and needles. The problem also led to a conflict between SAA chairperson Ms Duyu Myeni and lots of other high-ranked executives.
The Hawks seek to probe certain activities in SAA which have brought the standard of the airway low. These activities according to reports include amid others fraud, corrupt contracts, agreements, tenders, alleged theft and procurement and lopsided winding up of SAA roads to India, Senegal and Beijing.
Not only that, while the conflict lasted, there were word-battles between Ms. Myeni together with the audit head Yakhe Kwinana who vehemently branded the concerned executives “corrupt” while the senior executives in turn blamed Myeni for frustrating numerous key commercial transactions. They maintained that Ms. Myeni was solely responsible for SAA’s instability.
Reports also said Hawk’s Brigadier Nyameka Xaba made it known before now that the shut down of roads to Senegal and Mumbai was part of it’s top subject in the investigation.
Meanwhile, before now the Hawks were also probing SAA for irregular spying by private investigators and solicitation of confidential information with a view to belittling South African Airways operations and the safety of passengers and also alleged theft.
The Hawks are South Africa’s new independent Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) which takes care of national crimes such as financial and economic crime, organized crime, corruption, and other related serious crime in terms of Section 17B and 17D of the South African Police Service Act, 1995 as amended. The Hawks are within the South African Police as backed by section 17C of the South African Police Service Act, 1995 as amended by the South African Police Service Amendment Act, 2008 (Act 57 of 2008 ).