Dudu Myeni has drawn the ire of State Capture Inquiry officials once more, after she ducked another appearance at the Zondo Commission. Her time in the hot-seat has been characterised by comical, and sometimes lawbreaking mistakes – but this latest episode really takes the biscuit.
Dudu Myeni dodges the State Capture Inquiry
Myeni, previously ruled as a ‘delinquent director’ following her disastrous reign at SAA, showed little regard for the processes of the panel. When informed that she was meant to be in Johannesburg to appear as a witness, she simply explained that today ‘would not be possible’ – as she is driving to a family event in Port Shepstone.
Her legal team have argued that there was confusion caused by a failure to receive proper correspondence from DCJ Raymond Zondo and his colleagues. Addressing the bench sheepishly, Myeni’s lawyer explained:
“The commission has indeed responded to us around 21:00 last Friday, but their attorney had sent the response very late. We only picked up the Commission’s response yesterday at 16:00. We apologise for this occurrence.”
Has a crime been committed?
But this excuse isn’t likely to fly with Mr. Zondo. Dudu Myeni – who previously revealed the identity of a secret witness and refused to answer questions for fear of ‘self-incrimination – has inflamed tempers once again with her behaviour.
What’s more, there is now a legal consensus from the Commission’s advocates that the Zuma ally ‘has now committed a crime’. According to Kate Hofmeyr, there is ‘no justification’ for Dudu Myeni’s absence – and the letter of the law states that anyone who dodges the summons of a state inquiry can be jailed for up to six months. Yikes…
Kate Hofmeyr says Dudu Myeni is “indeed in defiance of the commission. And that is a criminal offence”.
— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) May 25, 2021
Adv Hofmeyr tells the Chairperson that it's a criminal offence to not appear before the commission when one has been served with the summons. #StateCaptureInquiry
— State Capture Commission (@StateCaptureCom) May 25, 2021