OUTA goes back to court against Myeni

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) says it will be back in court today to challenge “another attempt by Dudu Myeni to escape” her lifetime delinquency order. On 22 December, Judge Tolmay dismissed Myeni’s application for leave to appeal against the delinquency order which was handed down in May 2020.

 OUTA said the former SAA director is trying to block the interim enforcement of her delinquency order, saying she is no longer on any SOE board. Myeni was fired as SAA chair in 2017.

OUTA Head of the Accountability Division Advocate Stefanie Fick said Myeni wants the interim enforcement order against her removed, pending the outcome of any appeal against the main order.

“Myeni is arguing that she is no longer a director on the board of any state-owned entity (SOE), including the Mangaung electricity entity Centlec. Myeni says her term of office on the Centlec board ended in November 2020, so there is no public interest need for an enforcement order against her.”

Fick added that Myeni also argues that her source of income will be removed if she is removed from the boards of other companies while her main appeal is underway. OUTA and SAA Pilots Association are opposing Myeni’s application.

“This is the first time that Ms Myeni has faced any genuine accountability for her actions at SAA. Ms Myeni did everything in her power to obstruct this outcome and engaged in repeated conduct throughout the trial which was ‘calculated to cause maximum delay and disruption’,” said Advocate Carol Steinberg in her heads of argument for OUTA-SAAPA.

Steinberg said by close of business on Friday 5 February, Myeni’s team had still not filed heads of argument, which were due on 2 February.

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