Zuma jet deal won't go ahead

2012-07-06 12:15
President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Beeld

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Beeld

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Johannesburg - The proposed R2bn purchase of a new Boeing 777 jet for President Jacob Zuma will not go ahead, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says.

Speaking at a media conference on Friday morning, she said the procurement process has been cancelled after the offer to purchase lapsed on 15 June.

The $10m deposit will be paid back in full.

She added that a new procurement process will be embarked upon in the future, as there was a need for VIP planes.

The jet would have cost $150m (about R1.26bn) and an extra $80m (about R672.5m) to reconfigure, according to reports.

More to follow.

Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  nosiviwe mapisa nqakula  |  government spending

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