Dudu Myeni. File photo: ANA

Johannesburg - Only months after Dudu Myeni was removed as South African Airways (SAA) board chairwoman following a string of scandals, she has landed a top job as adviser to Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi, the Sunday Times reported.

The controversial appointment — which could see Myeni net more than R1 million a year — came as government considered moving SAA from National Treasury to the transport department, the newspaper said.

Maswanganyi confirmed there was a national review under way to move SAA to his department. 

He also defended the appointment of Myeni, who is a friend of President Jacob Zuma, saying she had been “highly recommended”, but would not say by who.

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“I needed someone with aviation experience... I appointed her as one of my advisers because as a minister I am allowed to appoint a maximum of three advisers without advertising the posts,” the Sunday Times reported Maswanganyi as having said.