On Monday, the former SAA chair, Dudu Myeni, failed to appear in court for the case to declare her a delinquent director, and the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) says they aren’t “going away”, despite Myeni’s fourth missed court date.
Myeni’s legal team has requested to change her original plea
The case to declare former SAA chair, Dudu Myeni, a delinquent director has been delayed again, OUTA claims that this time, its due to her attempts of “deflecting and shifting blame to others”.
The Pretoria High Court has experienced delays, because another court-date is wasted, and Myeni’s new-found legal team gave notice to the court of their intention to change details in her original plea opposing the case against her.
Myeni’s new legal representatives are Advocate Nqabayethu Buthelezi and Nolwazi Jili from Mantsha Attorneys, and the proposed changes are to make room for Myeni, to contest any involvement in wrongdoing, and allegedly shift responsibility for some matters to the SAA executive management.
Myeni’s former lawyer told the court a new advocate is tasked for the case
There has been great confusion with Myeni’s legal team, her ex-lawyer Daniel Mantsha, appeared to “represent” her, during Dudu’s second-failed court appearance; and Mantsha told the court he is not “officially representing” her, but was asking for a postponement on her behalf.
Court proceedings were interrupted on the day, as Judge Ronel Tolmay paused proceedings so that Mantsha, could call Myeni and figure out whether he was “representing her or not”, during the confusion OUTA and SAAPA waited patiently for a conclusion, with their 54 files against Myeni.
OUTA is convinced this is a strategy to further delay court proceedings
Myeni’s notice was delivered to OUTA and SAAPA on Sunday night, more than two years after the close of pleadings, OUTA is convinced that the delays are a strategy from Dudu to further delay the case, as they state all the changes springing forth, could have been done months ago.
“We believe that Ms Myeni and her legal team are taking advantage of the legal system to slow down the process and delay the matter. This will not deter us and we are not going away.”
Advocate Stefanie Fick, OUTA’s Head of Legal
On 25 November, Myeni’s legal team will change their argument for pleadings, while OUTA and SAAPA’s opposition to this will also call for Myeni to have to pay their wasted costs due to the delay.