Former South African Airways (SAA) board chairperson Dudu Myeni and former Bosasa executive Trevor Mathenjwa were arrested on Friday morning. Following their arrest, they made a brief appearance in the Richards Bay Magistrate’s Court, facing charges of fraud and corruption. Both Myeni and Mathenjwa were released on bail, each paying an amount of R10 000.
The Charges and Allegations
The charges brought against them by the NPA’s Investigating Directorate are related to payments amounting to R300 000. According to spokesperson Sidisiwe Seboka, during Myeni’s tenure as chairperson of the SAA, she allegedly failed to disclose her interests as required by the SAA Conflict of Interest Policy.
Seboka further stated that Myeni is accused of corruption for receiving gratification from Bosasa subsidiary Sondolo IT, offered by Trevor Mathenjwa, the company’s former director. The gratification allegedly included security upgrades at her Richards Bay premises between May 2014 to March 2015, valued at R200 000.
Dudu Myeni arrested over corruption
Additionally, Myeni is accused of benefitting from hotel accommodation and travel expenses exceeding R107 000 for her and persons close to her. These benefits were allegedly provided by Bosasa and facilitated by Blake Travels between May 2014 and March 2015.
During her appearance before the State Capture Inquiry, Myeni refused to respond to allegations of fraud and corruption against her, invoking her right against self-incrimination. Despite this, Judge Raymond Zondo recommended further investigations into her actions.