Defence Minister Provides Report For Zimbabwe Trip

Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has provided the report that outlines the circumstances that led to the use of a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) air force jet to Zimbabwe by African National Congress (ANC) delegates.

Defence Minister Provides Report For Zimbabwe Trip- SurgeZirc SA
Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula/ Photo File: Jacaranda FM

Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has provided the report that outlines the circumstances that led to the use of a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) air force jet to Zimbabwe by African National Congress (ANC) delegates.

President Cyril Ramaphosa requested the report from the minister on Friday, 11 September.

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The president gave the minister 48-hours to provide the report from Friday to detail the circumstances around the flight and the passenger list.

The ANC delegates went to Zimbabwe last week for a meeting as per instructions from the president. Mapisa-Nqakula also had a meeting with her fellow counterparts in the neighbouring country.

After the trip, the ANC was accused of abusing state resources and breaking lockdown laws as travelling outside South Africa is not permitted in lockdown level two.

The president is reported to be examining the report.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) called upon the president to make the report public for transparency.

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However, the EFF leader Julius Malema said government must send invoice to the ANC, in order for them to pay back money. The ANC should not repeat the same mistake, but the issue of Zimbabwe is urgent regardless of lockdown.

However, Minister said she ANC members were just given a lift, not that they were using state flight.

 

By Bongekile Khumalo

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