The ‘powerful’ Myeni illegally used state security resources while chairing the SAA board

Dudu Myeni, voormalige voorsitter van die SAL. Photo: Argief


Former SAA Board Chairperson Dudu Myeni illegally used State Security Agency (SSA) VIP protection, proving the power she possessed at the time and her closeness with former President Jacob Zuma.

This is revealed in the first part of the state capture report that was delivered to President Cyril Ramaphosa by Associate Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture Allegations, on Tuesday.

The report states that Myeni used state security resources for personal protection and to intimidate other council members:

The use of the detail was irregular and illegal, a waste of state resources, and furthered the state’s goal of capture by creating a climate of fear and lack of transparency.

It indicates that Myeni was not legally eligible for VIP protection services, but nevertheless received the services of the SSA.

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Lingaraj Gary Moonsamy, head of the group security services department at SAA, provided an affidavit to the commission that Myeni received security services from SAA for four months, after which she obtained her own security details.

Read the report:

Moonsamy didn’t know who named them or where they came from. Moonsamy explained that in doing so, Myeni violated SAA policy by not making advance arrangements before arriving at SAA with her own security details. His security personnel refused to log in when they arrived at SAA. It was also a violation of SAA policy.

He says the information available to the commission shows that Myeni had access to undercover agents trained in counterintelligence strategies and intelligence gathering.

“This reveals how powerful Myeni was and how close she was to President Zuma,” the report said.

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He adds that Myeni acted as chairman of the board of SAA with suspicions about the management of the airline, which was abnormal for the chairman of the board of a public entity:

Myeni operated SAA under a cloud of fear, intimidation, secrecy and paranoia when a public entity should be run transparently and accountable to the South African people who fund its operations.

He states that when Myeni was questioned during her appearance before the commission about the illegal deployment of SSA agents, she refused to answer, citing the privilege of not incriminating herself.

“Myeni’s refusal to answer for his actions is regrettable. She clearly received favors from the SSA to which she was not legally entitled. She used these resources during her tenure as SAA Board Chair for later purposes,” the report concludes.

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He recommended that Ramaphosa take note of the SSA’s involvement in security screening and take the necessary steps to ensure that the agency’s services are not abused in the future to serve the interests or agenda of some people.

Bongekile Macupe

Senior Educational Journalist