The Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court has on Wednesday,27 July 2022 sentenced the former chairperson of the South African Airways (SAA) board, Duduzile Myeni to a fine of R120 000 or two-years imprisonment, half of which is suspended for five years, on condition that she is not convicted of defeating the administration of justice during the period of suspension.
NPA Regional Spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane says Myeni made her first appearance at the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court on 29 March 2022 and was charged with defeating the administration of justice with alternative counts of Contravention of the Commissions Act and Contravention of the Commission Regulations of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture. She pleaded guilty to the charges.
She says the charge stemmed from Myeni’s testimony at the Commission into State Capture allegations on 04 to 06 November 2020 wherein the Chairperson of the Commission informed her of his order, amongst other things that the identity of a witness who had testified should not be disclosed. The Chairperson ordered that the said witness should be referred to as “Mr X” during his evidence to the Commission and after his evidence insofar as the Commission was concerned.
“Ms Myeni proceeded to mention the name of Mr X on four successive occasions. After hearing submissions from the legal team of the Commission and Ms Myeni, the Chairperson directed that a criminal complaint be registered with the police.”
The NPA welcomed the court’s ruling that is aimed at giving effect to the principle of equality before the law.