President Zuma airbus flypast cost over R200,000

By Drum Digital
31 July 2014

The flypast by a SAA Airbus A340-600 during President Jacob Zuma's inauguration cost taxpayers well over R200,000.

It was over in less than a minute, yet the flypast by a SAA Airbus A340-600 during President Jacob Zuma's inauguration in Pretoria earlier this year cost taxpayers well over R200,000.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, tabled on Thursday, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said the total cost of the May 24 flight over the Union Buildings, including a practice flight the day before, was US20,102.

At the current rate of exchange, this is the equivalent of about R215,000.

A breakdown of this figure, given in the reply, reveals the crew performed for free, with "no meal allowance paid on both days", that air traffic and navigation charges were waived, and a 90 percent discount was granted on parking and landing fees.

The bulk of the money spent went on fuel (US13,000). The balance went on maintenance and operating costs.

The question was posed by Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier.

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