South Africa

Former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni dies

The Jacob Zuma Foundation has confirmed that former South African Airways chairperson Dudu Myeni has died.

According to the Jacob Zuma Foundation’s spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi, Myeni who was also the foundations chairperson passed away on Friday night.

“The family is still dealing with these sad developments and will not be entertaining any media enquiries. The Foundation is requesting the media to respect the family position.”

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Myeni couldn’t attend court proceedings in May for her corruption trial due to her undergoing chemotherapy and that the docket had not been moved to Gauteng.

The charges were initially filed in the KZN coastal town but the state requested the case be moved to Gauteng to accommodate the bulk of the witnesses.

The embattled former SAA chairperson and Sondolo IT director Trevor Mathenjwa were facing corruption and fraud charges linked to Bosasa, amounting to R300,000. This amount was allegedly offered and received as gratification from Bosasa and its subsidiary, Sondolo IT.

The two were currently out on R10 000 bail, and were expected to be back in court when the matter resumed in November, pending Myeni’s fitness to attend trial.


The state has accused Myeni of failing to disclose her interests in terms of the South African Airways (SAA) Conflict of Interest Policy, during her tenure as the chairperson of the SAA board.

She stands accused of corruption for receiving gratification from Bosasa subsidiary Sondolo IT, allegedly offered by the former director, Trevor Mathenjwa.

Myeni allegedly received security upgrades for her Richards Bay premises during May 2014 and March 2015, to the value of R200,000.

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