Former Chairman of the SAA Board of Directors, Dudu Myeni. The original photo has been modified. (Photo: Gallo Images / Sowetan / Veli Nhlapo)
Former SAA president Dudu Myeni did not appear at the Zondo Commission on Tuesday morning despite a summons. Commission lawyers complaining that repeated efforts had been made to reach Myeni, Judge Raymond Zondo ordered the filing of a criminal complaint against the delinquent director.
Dudu Myeni joins his close ally Jacob Zuma in being officially on the run from the Zondo Commission, after the former SAA chairman failed to show up on Tuesday morning.
“For nearly 10 days, we have been trying to dialogue directly with Ms. Miyeni. There are repeated screenshots of all the efforts of several members of this commission, ”clearly pissed off lawyer Kate Hofmeyr. said Judge Raymond Zondo.
“There was not a single response.”
Myeni’s lawyer, Nqabayethu Buthelezi, argued that his client’s failure to appear was “not due to reluctance on his part”, but to “a breakdown in communication”.
Buthelezi alleged that a combination of Myeni changing legal teams and not reading the commission’s email on time contributed to his no-show – a poop claim by Hofmeyr, who said a summons had was physically served at Myeni’s residence last week.
Hofmeyr suggested that Myeni’s claim of confusion in communication “defies, with respect, even logic”.
The commission’s evidence officer pointed out that other witnesses who had requested a postponement of their appearance at the state capture investigation had done so via affidavits and attached medical documents.
“There is no respect for which the summons issued by this committee was taken seriously by Ms. Myeni,” said Hofmeyr.
“It is time for the law to take its course.”
After Buthelezi telephoned Myeni during a short adjournment, he suggested that she might be able to cancel plans to fulfill a family obligation in Richards Bay and instead go to lawyers in Pietermaritzburg to participate in the commission via Zoom.
Aware that attacking is the best defense, Buthelezi said he was filled with “dismay and disappointment” at the “pursuit” state of mind of the commission, and complained: “We have lost two hours. ! “
“It’s because your client is not there,” replied Zondo, who had heard enough after two hours of back and forth on the subject.
Zondo said it was unacceptable that Myeni did not comply with the commission’s summons.
“From what I’ve heard, there doesn’t seem to be any valid reason for her not appearing,” the judge said.
“The secretary of the commission must take steps to file a criminal complaint with the South African police against [Myeni] for violating the summons. “
This is the second time that Zondo has threatened criminal charges against Myeni. He previously called for a police investigation to Myeni after revealing the identity of a commission witness who was granted anonymity for his own safety, when he appeared in November 2020.
On this occasion, Myeni was to be questioned by the leader of evidence Pule Seleka on issues related to the suspension of Eskom’s leaders. She was also to be grilled on her previous claims that she couldn’t answer certain questions for the sake of self-incrimination protection.
Zondo ordered that all necessary steps be taken for Myeni to avail himself of the commission via Zoom on Tuesday afternoon. In the meantime, he has indicated his desire to continue with more testimonies. DM
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This notice was published: 2021-05-25 10:56:13