Ramaphosa denies knowing jet belonged to Gupta’s

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 3, 2015

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has indicated he was unaware that plane used for his recent state visit to Japan, belonged to the controversial Gupta family.

Last week, Eyewitness News reported that the Department of Defence splashed out an estimated R5-million on renting the Bombardier Global Express 6000 business jet, which was later discovered as belonging to an investment firm, owned by the government connect family, that included President Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, as a director.

Addressing the findings during a questions and answers session in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Wednesday, Ramaphosa stated that no appropriate jet could be found in time as the remaining units were either deemed unsuitable or in use.

“In this case it so happened that because of the commitments that we had and the number of other engagements, the best way to travel was to have a plane chartered. That is the reality, believe it or not,” Ramaphosa was quoted as saying.

“The information about the ownership of the plane only comes out much later. Now let's say that what we always seek to do is to find the most cost effective way to take us to whatever destination and that we will continue to do”.

At a hurriedly convened media briefing on Friday, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula stated that the correct procedures were followed in the chartering of the plane, and that the carrier, ExecuJet, had no reason to disclose the identity of its owners.

 

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