The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) went on jiggling when Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba announced that Dudu Myeni, chairperson of South African Airways (SAA) will not be allowed to served another tenure at the airways.
The finance minister said while discussing with some business men in Sandton after announcing his 14 point action point to drive the South African economy, that the SAA chairperson will not return for a fresh tenure in office after her present tenure expires.
The minister said the appointment of a new CEO for the national carrier would be finalised at the next Cabinet meeting and announced by the end of this month.
Dudu Myeni has been up for several controversial issues surrounding the financial state of the State government’s public enterprise, SAA.
Last month, Outa and the SAA Pilots’ Association launched legal proceedings against Myeni, asking the Pretoria High Court to declare her a delinquent director.
Outa’s Dominique Msibi says that Myeni needed to be given the boot a long time ago.
“Outa welcomes this because a lot of financial damage and reputational damage has been done at the SAA under Dudu Myeni’s tenure.”
Dudu Myeni also appeared before the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance last month where she was expected lay bare the financial state of the SAA but the meeting turned chaotic when MPs quarrelled about whether or not she should be sent packing as she was the only board member present.
Opposition MPs suggested that the SAA board members had boycotted the meeting because of reported differences with Myeni but ANC MP Peace Mabe insisted that Myeni must not be allowed to speak.
This led to a major clash with fellow ANC MP and committee chairperson Yunus Carrim during which Mabe accused him of ill-treating her.
Finance Minister Gigaba, however, noted that as government moves to kick-start the economy, it will no longer use state resources to bail out poor performing state-owned companies.
Gigaba said government now aims at reducing government debt, curbing corruption and intervening in struggling parastatals among other interventions.
Meanwhile, having been successful in the case of Dudu Myeni, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) is set to take legal action against the Bank of Baroda and the State Bank of India for failing to comply with banking laws in their relationship with the contentious Gupta family.
The organisation said it has compiled evidence to take action against these banks and handed it to the Registrar of Banks and the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC).
“We want these authorities to act to ensure that the Bank of Baroda and the Bank of India cease all business with the Guptas‚ and revoke their licences to trade within South Africa.” says Ben Theron‚ Chief Operations Officer of OUTA.