EFF reacts on Zuma plane purchase

BY CHARL BOSCH - APRIL 7, 2015

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has described the R2-billion purchase of three aircraft for President Jacob Zuma’s international VIP travels, as “parasitic, unnecessary and wasteful”.

In a statement, the party’s National Spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, said the money could have been used to pay the tuition fees of “40 000 students at R50 000 per annum” and that its origin from poor and rich taxpayers, is simply to “ensure the comfort of President Zuma and his cabinet”.

“This is yet another expenditure that demonstrated the ANC government’s disregard and disdain for public resources,” Ndlozi said.

“Instead of prioritising the education of a black child, the ANC government would rather spend money on luxurious VVIP jets for number one”.

On Sunday, CityPress reported that the Department of Defence plans on splurging the amount for the acquisition of two Falcon 900 Business Jets as well as a used Boeing Business Jet, the latter to supplement the existing model Zuma uses as the presidential plane.

“The only thing the ANC government knows how to do is take money from citizens and splash it in lavish purchases like these jets or Nkandla without any plan and capacity to lead a decent industrial expansion program that will grow our economy,” Ndlozi said.

He also blasted the fact that the planes were being purchased at a time “when the economy stands at the brink of stagnation” and that they contradict Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s urge to cut unnecessary spending.

 

CAPTION: Falcon 900 IMAGE sourced from planespotters.net