President must hit brakes on planned new jet - Maimane


Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmsui Maimane has said President Jacob Zuma need to show “leadership” by denouncing speculation in Parliament later today, that he is to receive a brand new presidential jet by March next year.

On Sunday, CityPress reported that Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, had reportedly become “fed-up” with the lack of suitable VIP transport for international visit, and that a new plane, reported to worth R4-billion, could be on the tarmac of the Waterkloof Air Force Base in less than five months.

“There is simply no justification for spending billions on an extravagant aircraft while we face major problems such as a grossly underfunded higher education system and an impending food crisis brought on by the drought,” Maimane said.

“With Parliament heading into recess next week, serious questions regarding the budget for the new jet and the rationale behind (it’s purchase) remains unanswered. There is no need to acquire a new jet so long as the current jet, Inkwazi, remains underutilised and other alternatives, such as commercial travel, represent a viable alternative”.