R100m VIP jet for Zuma

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September 13, 2016
R100m VIP jet for Zuma

Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans shared the news via written reply to parliamentary questions yesterday.

After Jacob Zuma paid back R7.8 million for his Nkandla home yesterday, it was announced that R100 million has been allocated to the South African Air Force for a VIP jet for the President.

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said in the written reply to parliamentary questions yesterday: “The budget that is allocated for the leasing of the VIP-configured jet for the 2016/17 financial year is R100m.”

The bid was put out to tender on August 18, the minister added, and it is expected that a jet will be delivered to the SAAF in November.

The Democratic Alliance said this sum translated into spending more than a quarter of a million rand on presidential travel every day of the year.

“This equates to R273 972 per day for the lease of a presidential jet for Zuma, more than double the price of a first class round-trip to London,” DA defence spokesman Kobus Marais said.

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