Dudu Myeni has a new lawyer and wants another postponement

10 October 2019 - 11:17 By ERNEST MABUZA
Dudu Myeni has asked the Pretoria high court for another postponement.
Dudu Myeni has asked the Pretoria high court for another postponement.
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Former SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni on Thursday brought an application before the Pretoria high court to postpone the matter in which two organisations seek to have her declared a delinquent director.

The matter, brought by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the SA Airways Pilots' Association (Saapa) in 2017, was due to be heard from the beginning of this week.

On Monday, Myeni claimed that she could not afford transportation costs to get to Pretoria.

The case was rolled over until Tuesday to give her a chance to appear but on that day Myeni's attorney, Daniel Mantsha, told the court Myeni had been trying to secure funds to cover her legal costs, but had been unsuccessful.

The case was then postponed until Thursday, when Myeni's new advocate, Nqabayethu Buthelezi, brought an application for a postponement.

He said he needed time to prepare a proper defence.

Asked by Judge Ronel Tolmay how much time he would need were she to grant a postponement, Buthelezi said four months would be sufficient.

Tolmay also asked whether Myeni could guarantee that there would not be another withdrawal by her attorneys in the future.

Buthelezi said Myeni had given an undertaking that there would be no withdrawal of lawyers.

Tolmay informed the court at the start of the matter on Thursday that her registrar had received a call from a senior counsel who had offered his services to Myeni "pro bono".

However, she said she did not know whether the offer was feasible.

Buthelezi said he would convey the offer to Myeni.

Carol Steinberg, advocate for Outa, asked Myeni's advocate for clarity on why a postponement was being sought. An affidavit filed by Myeni on Wednesday afternoon mentioned that she sought a postponement because she wanted to raise funds for legal representation but Buthelezi's application contradicted this and indicated he wanted a postponement so he could prepare a defence.

The matter continues.