“Nothing sinister about Gupta jet hiring” - Minister

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 28, 2015

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has denounced speculation that her department acted improperly when it authorised the use of a private jet for use by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, which belonged to the controversial Gupta family.

Addressing the media at the Waterkloof Air Force Base on Friday, Mapisa-Nqakula stated that the renting of the Bombardier Global Express 6000 for Ramaphosa’s state visit to Japan last week, had taken place according to the required procedures, and that the carrier, ExecuJet, was not obliged to reveal the identity of it owners.

She also added that the plane was the only one deemed suitable for use as the department’s remaining two VVIP aircraft were either unsuitable or reserved for other duties.

It has since been alleged that around R5-million was spent on transporting Ramaphosa and his delegation aboard the plane, which was reported as belonging to an investment firm, owned by Guptas, which also included President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane as a director.

 

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