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Zuma to get R2bn Boeing - report

2012-06-29 09:21

Johannesburg - Defence Minister Sam Makhudu Guluybe is in the US to finalise the purchase of a 300-seater R2bn Boeing for President Jacob Zuma, a report said on Friday.

The VIP jet would cost $150m (about R1.26bn) and an extra $80m (about R672.5m) to reconfigure, The Star reported.

Also included in the deal was a Global Express 600 costing $28m (R235m) for the deputy president, bringing the total bill for VVIP transport to $258m (about R2.17bn).

Though negotiated on the basis of Cabinet approval, The Star said it had information that the deal had failed to follow normal requirements that such procurements be put out to competitive tender.

Zuma should use SAA - DA

The Democratic Alliance slammed the deal and said the president should use SA Airways when flying.
 
"If British Prime Minister David Cameron can use British Airways to fly, then Zuma can fly SAA," said Democratic Alliance defence and military veterans spokesperson David Maynier.

"It is simply wrong to spend R2bn on a presidential jet when so many people in the country are poor. I believe a presidential jet should only be used in exceptional circumstances.

"I hope that delegates at the African National Congress's national policy conference will confront Zuma and ask him how he can spend so much money on a jet that could be used to assist our country with poverty and unemployment."

He said he intended asking Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate whether state spending on the new aircraft for Zuma and the deputy president was warranted.

The defence ministry could not be reached for comment.

Comments
  • i.see.a.cupcake - 2012-06-29 09:25

    we stopped the e-tolls we can surly stop this madness swell. we must unit against this.

      kayley.segal - 2012-06-29 09:31

      And now, room for the whole family !!!

      Junebugg - 2012-06-29 09:32

      ANC is really messing up big time...these are the same people who are saying the wealth should be taken from the hands of white people..Yet they cant even use wisely the one that is in their hands...Limpopo no text book for 6 months, EC kids studying under trees, Government hospitals are in crisis...Roads in EC Northern KZN etc are horrible but we have 2 Billion lying around... If you cant keep a basic thing like a hospital running, how u gna control a mine...ANC is sleeping , they need a wake up call.

      Irene - 2012-06-29 09:32

      This money could be used to pay for the 'new' highways or how many houses it could it build again?

      peter.ndamase - 2012-06-29 09:36

      Joyce Banda has bigger balls than Zuma!!! What did we expect, handing over the country to a std 8 graduate!!!

      matt.ratcliffe.796 - 2012-06-29 09:36

      I don't care if you're black, white, yellow purple or blue, this is absolute madness. No one can deny that. The poor starve and get lied to with unkept promises, meanwhile the president is buying a 2 billion rand jet? Let's put it into more understandable terms. The father of this nation is robbing his own children and then laughs in their faces when they suffer even more by continuing his sly ways. We as the people should never stand for this, not a nation as strong as us.

      Jono - 2012-06-29 09:39

      This is utter BS!!! These guys do just what they want and the people who are supposed to benefit from this money and be helped by THIS president keep voting for this goga!!! No sympathy to the unprivileged

      Preshen - 2012-06-29 09:41

      He is going to join the mile high club

      Eye's Cue - 2012-06-29 09:46

      I BEG YOUR PARDON???????????????????????????? HOW DARE HE EVEN THINK ABOUT A BOEING WHEN YESTERDAY HE SAID HOW SORRY HE WAS FOR THE POOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The time has come for ALL of us to take a stand, NOW!!!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH MR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Bryan - 2012-06-29 09:57

      The masses will just continue to accept this because the fail to believe that their freedom fighters have, and will continue to decieve them... Zuma clearly thinks that he is in the same league as Obama and needs his very own 'Air force one'. Typical African/ANC elitist frame of mind... Suffer the poor... Makes me sick!!!!

      Joe - 2012-06-29 10:00

      Can there be a bigger insult to the poor of this country? The ANC claims that they are sensitive and concerned about the poor. What a load of trash. They have no idea what it is like to live in a tin box in the middle of winter. How can they spend that amount of money on an aeroplane? This is sick man! The hypocrisy of this government knows no bounds. This is like watching a horror movie. To the people of South Africa - stop fighting each other. You have a lot more in common than you realise. Here is the main problem. This is the true enemy, a corrupt, greedy & phoney government.

      dirk.brink88 - 2012-06-29 10:02

      This is an absolute JOKE!. Rural settlements without water and sanitation and they have the nerve to slam Hellen Zilla for at least trying to fill some of the needs, while they have R100m parties and R2Bn planes... The ANC are failing this country. Time for a change

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-06-29 10:04

      This is complete arrogance spitting into the eyes of the poor. A sad day for SA.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-06-29 10:08

      I think this latest extravagance constitutes the definitive meaning for the term 'Morally Bankrupt'. It defies any kind of sane comprehension.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-06-29 10:18

      PS - I should add that Mugabe did a deal for Hawk jets for the Zim Air Force -before they were mostly destroyed on the ground one dark night - not because Zim needed them but because there was a substantial sweetner up for grabs that went straight into Uncle Bob's coffers. The US aviation industry also has a reputation for 'sweetning' deals.

      lownabester - 2012-06-29 10:23

      FFS, whats wrong with this country.

      downwiththeANC - 2012-06-29 10:30

      They should paint "the Spear" on the boeing....will show the world what a dictator he is.

      Ian - 2012-06-29 10:40

      @kayley.segal......I believe Kulula withdrew there offer of "buy tickets for three wives, and a fourth can fly for free" offer

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-29 10:46

      All aboard the gravy plane!

      james.weather.9 - 2012-06-29 10:51

      27 000 families in RDP Houses - Or one man’s plane? You tell me where the government s priorities are?

      musazwane - 2012-06-29 10:55

      You didn't stop anything. Courts cannot run the country. It's just a minor set back. AHEAD with the E-tolls and Jets.

      charl.swart.754 - 2012-06-29 10:59

      Do these people even know hom much money R2bn is? R 2 000 000 000.... It seems to me they don't grasp how much it really is. Because it is not their money....

      William - 2012-06-29 11:01

      Second Transition... in action!

      zambezi.river - 2012-06-29 11:12

      If u hev it ....then u mus flaunt it......!

      Seperate - 2012-06-29 11:28

      @cupcake: i can't agree more

      mathabz.lukes - 2012-06-29 12:07

      You are so right cupcake, we are a strong nation if we all stand together and fight for what is right for all of us. Nice i dig your spirit

      erich.goosen - 2012-06-29 13:12

      Although I am against some of the extravagent claims by trade unions and the public service for pay increases (especially where the productivity is below par) I can hardly see how the ANC is going to justify this huge expenditure and at the same time curb the pay ibcreases. They should take note of Marie Antionette's remarks and consequences during the French Revolution that the masses should eat cake.

      Gerald - 2012-06-29 13:16

      I told my staff this great news, they are so excited for their leader. I suggested that they rejoice by dancing and singing in the street holding up some toy planes that I had lying around. I am now having a beer on the deck enjoying the traditional dancing and singing in the street below and sharing a chuckle with my other more sensible colleagues

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-06-29 13:17

      So Musazwane, you like seeing the poor people living in squalor in shacks, with no jobs, no food, while your leaders use EVEN YOUR money to live in the lap of luxury. Shame, you are a sad little man

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-06-29 13:27

      JZ had serious financial problems before He became president. He depended a lot on borrowings from His friends. I expect someone who was in that situation to be more wiser when it comes to spending. I will not be surprised if the currently build city of Nkandla gets an airport

      eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-06-29 14:01

      Let me take a moment to explain SA politics. You take as much money as you can. Spend it on a lavish lifestyle, while your voters suffer in the cold, hungry, and some of them even on the brink of death because they cant get basic health service. When they finally get upset and it looks like you might lose their votes you grab your PR officer and tell him to put a speech together for you. Make sure you add words like “racist”, “freedom fighters”, “economic freedom”, a couple of “shoot the boers”, and add some of the oh so famous “the struggle”. Then give a couple of yellow t-shirts, and viola…you have your voters back. Politics couldn’t be any easier.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-06-29 14:45

      Yes, jets, gunships, limos, you name they must have it. Just saw a video of Mugabe's palace. Such opulence while his people starve. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=pLlaUM6Ec6E What is it with African 'leaders' and their blind followers?

      nathan.elston1 - 2012-06-29 16:32

      Seems like my comment was unparliamentary. News24 removed it not because I swore are said anything offensive but purely because it was so blunt they had to remove it.... Basically ANC 2.0 this is the continuation of the initial phase but not to be confused with phase one :D but it will now address the socio and economic needs of the masses - High Five guys well done.

      Hugh - 2012-06-29 18:03

      I suppose we can be lucky they are not buying a backup as well.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-29 21:17

      It is great to see, how many on this site, care about the poor !!!!

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-06-30 12:07

      Can you believe these anc Ring gears and zuma has the audacity to say the economy is still controled by whites. All I can say is thank God its controlled by white males, can you imagin a f... up state it would be with the anc clowns running the show, just look at the public services

  • Rowan Cranston - 2012-06-29 09:26

    Hope it can fly far away!

      gary.williams.7186896 - 2012-06-29 10:08

      Dear ANC voters - Your President has spoken..... A fancy new Jumbo Jet is worth more than you are......so Enoy your shack, love your shack, tidy your shack and continue to queue in long lines for taxis to earn a pittance and fetch water from the far away taps - It's townships for you for a loooong time to come! You must all be so proud of the ANC right now.......

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-06-29 10:12

      Sorry to the anc voters who are waiting for service delivery..You will just have to wait a bit longer.

      kenny.liebenberg - 2012-06-29 10:29

      @Cliford - I do not feel sorry for the ANC supporters, they knew this was going to happen. They have been seeing it for the past 18 years and they still have not learned. F0£ voort!

      Raymond - 2012-06-29 12:32

      Where is the old jet that Mbeki bought?

      Raymond - 2012-06-29 12:36

      South Africa The President of South Africa travels in a Boeing 737 (BBJ) operated by the South African Air Force's 21 Squadron, which is based at AFB Waterkloof near Pretoria; the executive capital, i.e. the seat of the executive branch of the South Africa government. Role: Presidential aircraft. Description: Boeing with global reach, all-weather day and night capability. Executive bedroom suite, VIP seating for six ministers and first class eating for ten significant others. the presidential aircraft is also known as "inkwazi" 21 Squadron also operates a fleet of two Falcon 50 and a Falcon 900B Fleet, 550/1 Citation II, and a Global Express XRS are hired to escort the President on long flights as a back up aircraft. The Falcon 900 is normally used by the Vice President and high ranking ministers.

      phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-06-29 13:47

      Hiehie.. if he adds a roofrack, tow a Dacota behind it like venter trailer... he should just be able to take all his wives, children and their nannies on a fair holiday... to china, so he can buy enough xmas presents...

      sabongam - 2012-06-29 14:57

      One flew over the cuckoo's nest, personified. Surely Mr President, this is not an example to lead by. How can you allow this MAD spending spree under your watch, when there's so much that needs to be fixed? I support the ANC but this could lead to many people like me crossing the floor. This no threat but it something that could become a reality. R2-billion could go a long way in contributing to SA's poverty alleviation programme.

      tsubi.monama.9 - 2012-07-01 00:22

      and NOT come back anymore.Disappear in the jungle of bears and Lions

  • DanielDennett - 2012-06-29 09:27

    Complete insanity!!!!

      vermeulenwa - 2012-06-29 10:47

      No comrade?! :-D If you're going to take over the world, farm by farm, you have to fly in style! "In the news today, The president and 299 cabinet members died when the plain the flew in crashed." Talk about putting all your eggs in one basket.

      Jellyarse - 2012-06-29 12:54

      Fuc*ing thieving nutcase!

  • Stille - 2012-06-29 09:28

    LOL - and his people are dying because the EC cannot maintain its hospitals...Priceless

      paul.c.wadsworth - 2012-06-29 09:54

      Lets put this into context here...R2billion equates to 8 million houses (About)! NOW VOTE PEOPLE!!!!!!!

      kenny.liebenberg - 2012-06-29 10:37

      Paul - show me where a house just cost R250.00 to build please?

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-06-29 10:58

      Ok, Paul. Not quite 8 million houses. maybe 8 000 houses - at 250 000 per house. Still the point is valid.

      Clive - 2012-06-29 10:59

      Kenny, RDP houses - better than nothing if you have nothing - cost considerably less than R250000 to build, even with dodgy tenders.

      Heinrich - 2012-06-29 11:16

      Housing grants for RDP houses are aroun R30k each... not much if you look what you have to do with it. The people getting RDP houses even have to chose if they want a toilet or a shower in the bathroom as there is not enough money for both included in the grant. Hence the public toilets that are open without shelters around them. So R2bil is a shade under 67 000 houses.

      ina.cripps - 2012-06-29 11:48

      Unbelievable! And that when there is so much poverty and want in this country! Perhaps Zuma should take a few lessons from Joyce Banda. Now THERE is a president that puts her people first! I wish I could say here what I really think of him, but the censors won't allow it!

      jody.beggs - 2012-06-29 12:02

      @Heinrich that's about 65000 houses ! What about fuel , the pilots salaries and other hidden costs , its ridonkulus. Damn the man.

      eric.martinsich - 2012-06-29 15:52

      Our people as we are all South Africans

      tsubi.monama.9 - 2012-07-01 01:00

      SAD about him. I was reading the "Drum Magazine" dated 5 July 2012 #028("Khanyi & Tebogo") and came across a SAD Health situation on page 82. 10yr old boy's legs like hell while a vast amount of K's to be used like that!! I agree with most of the comments above. ANC has Totaly forgotten ' or rather say' don't care for those who voted for them. oohhhh' by the way, on SABC news I read about the comments made by Winnie MaD ManD.... requesting/telling South Africans to keep on Voting ANC and bla''''bla'''blaaa. Com'on Winnie, with this CRAP happening! You must be joking. In Health situations, most of the government's responsibilities are taken over by "Touching Life" where I fully believe that the Gvnmnt has to take 100%full responsibility rather than being "SO Marry Antoinette" kind-like stupid behaviour. Take a look at abnormal sick situations that South Africans come accross, that are shown on SABC channels, VERY emotional. Heii-bo Mr President, have a heart Man!!

  • ralph.klopper - 2012-06-29 09:29

    "an extra $80m (about R672.5m) to reconfigure" - Did he make it bigger to fit all his wifes and children in?

      Kala - 2012-06-29 09:40

      Roof racks, bull bar, blue lights, tinted windows, mag rims...

      shaun.cousins1 - 2012-06-29 09:42

      Don't forget to Paint the "spear" on the tail....Please can someone photoshop and put it on the FB.

      Rob.Trianglem - 2012-06-29 09:52

      @ KALA LOL dont forget the white wall tyres and the shower head.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-29 10:13

      That was just to modify the seats and make them wider - to fit all those fat lard @55es in.

      paulgerber969 - 2012-06-29 10:19

      @Kala dont forget the black paint work

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-06-29 10:28

      Hey Ralph, A 300 seater will just about take his rather large wives, his numerous children, all the people who have to do his thinking for him, his good buddies and all his personal guards. Never mind a private sleeping area to make him a six-time (or more) mile-higher - I forget, how many wives DOES he have now and how many girl-friends?

  • margaret.brand.12 - 2012-06-29 09:29

    Jacob Zuma the poor and homeless need homes more than your 300-seater R2 billion Boeing. With 2 Billion thousand could benefit from it. I hope you choke on your food everytime you sit down to eat.

  • Pieter Kunz - 2012-06-29 09:29

    Shocking. Government complain that they lack funding to perform certain duties yet they splash out on luxeries. Yet more and more beggars are at the roads, knocking at your house and so many people asking for work.. Goverment response probably let them eat cake. They have lost touch with people on the ground and only eyes policy that will enrich them further at the expense of tax payer and the poor.

      Hermann - 2012-06-29 09:45

      Pieter this is Africa my mate, it is Africa the continent where "self-care" is more important than care for others.

      Rodney - 2012-06-29 10:09

      WE should ALL strike for a week and I mean every body see what message it will bring across. No traveling No spending No work So NO TAX for a week that is 25% less tax for the government and see what affect it will have on them.

      Eye's Cue - 2012-06-29 18:34

      Ja Pieter, and while that is all going on, watch this space, he'll probably take a few more wives now................after all he'll have the seats for them and all their children and he doesn't have to pay for them, we do!!! IT'S SICK, SHAME ON YOU MR ZUMA, MARRY JOYCE BANDA FROM MALAWI AND TAKE A FEW TIPS FROM HER ON HOW TO RUN A COUNTRY FULL OF DESPERATE PEOPLE!!!

      tsubi.monama.9 - 2012-07-01 01:06

      You 1000% sharp Pieter, my fully support on this. I think what we need now is a change. "No offend",,,, DA for a change

  • Michael - 2012-06-29 09:30

    Apparently white people still have all the money??????

      rob.baggaley - 2012-06-29 09:47

      Ja. And before it's " taken " from us, Zuma is taking his opportunity.

  • Kala - 2012-06-29 09:31

    That's not the only cost. Who pays for the fuel, maintainance, crews, insurance and parking. To those in the EC, apply for refugee status in the WC because this is where your money has gone.

      oliver.gilbert.33 - 2012-06-29 10:45

      @ Kala , you right there ! I was ( before I left the airline industry) a Licenced Aircraft Engineer on Boeing 777 . Its a 3 month corse which costs a huge amount to become qualified to Licence the Aircraft for flight . You will need a few Licenced Engineers , then there is the training for the Pilots , Then there are all the Spares and specialised equipment to work on the aircraft this runs into MILLIONS MORE !

  • Teuneman - 2012-06-29 09:31

    Ja die Keizer en al sy hofnarre.

      Juan - 2012-06-29 18:42

      Ek dink ons het Batman nodig om hulle uit te sort

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-06-29 09:32

    Ridiculous!!!

  • colin.payne.921 - 2012-06-29 09:32

    Let's just hope that on one of his jaunts nobody thinks to use a SAM7, because all the blue lights and police outriders in the world won't stop one of those. Would be a huge waste of money, and I'm sure that a target that big couldn't be missed even if you only have one eye!

      scouter.fourone - 2012-06-29 11:22

      It didn't take a Strella to bring down Samora Machel - it's a risky activity for African despots to fly around too much, if history is anything to go by....

  • mirrorman.smith - 2012-06-29 09:33

    If Zuma want to be seen as 'the man of the people', he should drive to work in a humble car/use public transport and and fly economy class like most of the people in this country. Spending that kind of money on a Boeing at a time like this is madness and irresponsible! Imagine what you could do with R2bn in this country... schools, teachers, books, housing etc etc

      tsubi.monama.9 - 2012-07-01 01:24

      mirrorman.smith. Man believe you me, I can build my own township with this money. Say Down with irresponsible behaviour Down!!! """""""DOWN""""""""

  • Khanya.McCutha - 2012-06-29 09:33

    They keep on f#cking taxpayers

  • Juan - 2012-06-29 09:34

    Besides what's wrong with Mbeki's old jet? It's not even that old yet. Commerial jets clock far more miles and are kept in service for well over 10 years. WTF?? Use that R2bn to fund healthcare in the Eastern Cape. Flipping hell unbelievable

      scouter.fourone - 2012-06-29 12:09

      Janine, you are not comparing apples with apples. This is Jacob Zuma we are talking about here who is apparently far more important and of greater significance than the President of the United States ....... in his mind and that of the ANC, that is.

      john.lonsdale.5 - 2012-06-29 23:38

      Firstly, our Presidents don't like other Presidents cast offs. Even if the run into Billions of rands. Secondly the question has to be asked, does the Spear and his gang care about the people, again that's been answered by 2 billion rand and rising. Jeez I've actually lost interest trying to explain my disgust in a reasonable non racist way. Sir you are worst than the gardener and maid that steal the tea, sugar and toilet roll. State plunderer.

  • anton.cameron.muller - 2012-06-29 09:35

    This should be published on flyers in all 11 languages and airdropped over every township in SA... This should occupy the front page of every newspaper for 6 months at least. This should be printed on every ballot paper at the next election. "A better life for all"

      mbali.motsenga - 2012-06-29 10:05

      Great idea Anton, so that even the poor and uneducated can see the bullsh*t they voted for and that while they trying to figure out were their next meal is going to come from,their president is having a joll in his 2billion jet and he doesn't give a fudge about them,his just waiting to use them in the next elections.We are all born ignorant,but one must work hard to remain stupid.

      Rodney - 2012-06-29 10:10

      WE should ALL strike for a week and I mean every body see what message it will bring across. No traveling No spending No work So NO TAX for a week that is 25% less tax for the government and see what affect it will have on them.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-06-29 10:32

      Brilliant idea!!!

      jody.beggs - 2012-06-29 12:03

      Do we need a website , I can host www.pythonsolutions.co.za ... Damn the man.

      Karen - 2012-06-29 13:33

      Brilliant idea Anton! The flyer needs to include an easy to understand money comparison for the uneducated around the country .... for example ... if you earn R2 000 a month, then you could perhaps begin to understand that you would need to work for 1 000 000 months (83 333 plus YEARS)to earn R2bn (R2 000 000 000)... and that without spending a single cent of that hard-earned R2 000 a month!!!!!!!! It is actually incomprehensible!

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-29 09:36

    Truely the ANC way !! CORRUPT THIEVES !!

  • burtfred.brown - 2012-06-29 09:38

    What an obscene waste of money. Boeing, you should be ashamed of yourselves for helping this tinpot arrogant president waste his impoverished people's money on one of your tax-guzzling aircraft.

      H9005 - 2012-06-29 12:02

      Why blame boeing? To them it's just business.

      denny.cray - 2012-06-29 13:35

      It is Boeing's job to make profits for its shareholders. It is our President job to act in the best interest of the country. Someone is failing to live up to their responsibility (and it isn't Boeing).

      sterling.ferguson.5 - 2012-06-29 20:05

      It might be a waste of money for SA but, Boeing is in business to sell planes to their buyers. Boeing aircraft is not in business to be social workers for SA. This is no big deal the US is giving SA over a billion dollars a year for their AIDS treatment program.

      john.lonsdale.5 - 2012-06-29 23:41

      Hey leave it out, I've just bought shres in Boing, insider dealing at its best?

  • seventhheavenproperties - 2012-06-29 09:38

    Maybe somebody is planning to marry a lot more wives and to rapidly expand his family?

      Ian - 2012-06-29 10:38

      I believe Kulula withdrew there offer of "buy tickets for three wives, and a fourth can fly for free" offer

      Dhavandran - 2012-06-29 10:46

      yes , the more wives the greater the retirement package for life.

  • Clive - 2012-06-29 09:39

    Why ? He is only going to be in the presidency for a short while or is this going to be part of his golden handshake ??

      patson.nedzamba - 2012-06-29 10:09

      They are planning to rig the vote

  • vernon.annandale.7 - 2012-06-29 09:39

    JZ you my friend are a knob!!!!!!

  • BlaqMe - 2012-06-29 09:39

    Boooooooooohhhhhhh for Zuma! This man is wasting the Tax Payers money! I say with certainty that a large number of people across South Africa slept hungry! A very large number of people are unemployed! A large number of people are homeless and others as a result of very rains and storms! But all he can do is spend 2.17 Billion so that he can fly luxuriously, whereas there is SAA that also has features that can accommodate him! Mx President, I regret voting for you!

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-06-29 09:44

      Just don't vote for him again

      leon.smit.1217 - 2012-06-29 09:59

      Vote D.A. then.

      stephen.baum76 - 2012-06-29 14:51

      Please tell everyone you know how you feel about it too.

  • Allan - 2012-06-29 09:39

    F...@k the poor Sam I want the best there is. Yes Mr Zuma you are ENTITLED to the best you are the PRESIDENT. I am pleased you understand that Sam. Now when they going to deliver it?

  • melusi.myaluza - 2012-06-29 09:39

    To all your poor people! In your face! Take that! hahahahahahahahah he doesn't care about you

  • andrew.arde - 2012-06-29 09:40

    This is the worst kind of self-indulgence Zuma has displayed thus far! Needless to say I am hardly shocked!

  • helmut.smrz - 2012-06-29 09:40

    Sick Bastard's

  • Partiboy - 2012-06-29 09:40

    Want, want, want.. Spend, spend, spend. Power, self enrichment and corruption. Typical midset of African leaders!

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-29 11:26

      And the African people. There are a few enlightened ones but the rests are just sheeple

  • lungile.ndyibithi - 2012-06-29 09:40

    R2bn has jst become a common figure lately. This is one interesting abt leaders, they talk cost cutting bt raise unnecessary expenditure. I think our President fails to understand calculated risk, there is service delivery protests, public servant wage negotiations, etolling, arms deal investigations all of this need money. All he does is to buy an expensive jet, what happened to the one he bought in 2009 or the one which bought by Thabo. They say walk the talk, they are saying we do not have a saving culture, z dis extravaganza saving? U r seriously becoming iskhothana sir!!!

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-29 11:29

      Fits right in with the ANC communist agenda. Don't educate the people so the can't wise up to their corrupt behavior and keep them in power to spend the poors money. Freedom in South Africa. I think not

  • bill.vanzyl - 2012-06-29 09:41

    Wow, wow, wow. How many houses will R2Bn build for the homeless? How many school books will R2Bn buy? How many jobs can be created with R2Bn? How many health care centers, how many schools, how many ambulances, how many more police officers? Why does our President need a globe-trotting presence when we have such huge problems at home? The Imperial aspirations of our ELECTED officials is quite beyond understanding.

      faan.gerber - 2012-06-29 10:28

      About 66,000.

      sebastian.jochelson - 2012-06-29 10:35

      Yep... 66000 new homes with 3-4 people per household, that gives us 264000 off the streets and sheltered from the rain and cold weather... but why should the president care about that...

  • charles.brink.90 - 2012-06-29 09:41

    Somebody is flying high while his 'brudders and sistas' are dying of hunger.....eish.....

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-06-29 09:41

    Isn't it a bit small for the Zuma family it can only take 300.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-06-29 11:04

      I must confess to being puzzled - why a 300 seater? surely if he wanted a jet, a gulfstream or something like that would be ok - it would be a lot faster too, and how many peopel does he really need in his entourage ?20/30 is more than enough. Unless he wants to have aprivate room with a huge waterbed that can acoomodate all his wives and concubines so he can join the mile-high club?

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-06-29 09:41

    What can I say ! What can I say ! How can you trust a government that spends your tax money on items to show off ? Whilst the economy is in the hands of whites, I suppose it is ok for the majority as the tax base is mainly white. When the "transitions" are over, will the majority take such a splurge by government with a smiling face ? I BELIEVE WE SHOULD START WITHHOLDING TAXES SEEING IT IS SPENT ON GAGA LIKE LARNEY AEROPLANES INSTEAD OF UPLIFTING THE POOR AS INTENDED. COME ON SOUTH AFRICANS,WHY MUST WE BE ONLOOKERS AND JUST TAKE EVERYTHING FOR GRANTED.

  • clivelang1 - 2012-06-29 09:42

    When the ANC was unband and came to power in 94 all sane people were scared that the country would become a banana republic, ungovernable and basically wiped out. We all feared that it would happen overnight and we would be left with nothing. Well guess what, it IS happening, just slower and more meticulously than we expected. There is no reason to be a proud South African any longer. Last person out, please switch off the lights. Oh actually no don't worry Eskom is almost defunct too so no need to worry about the lights.

  • Ndira - 2012-06-29 09:42

    come on now Zuma whats wrong with SAA???

  • hendrikvs - 2012-06-29 09:43

    Hy gee nie 'n moer om nie. Sal seker ook een van die dae se die armes moet koek eet as hulle honger is. Dis in elk geval AL wat hy die heel tyd doen in plaas van die land regruk.

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-06-29 09:43

    I'd like to suggest that every country that provides foreign aid to South Africa is made aware of this. And stops their donations with immediate effect.

  • arno.gericke.9 - 2012-06-29 09:44

    Too bad the masses will NEVER hear about this. I just wish, one day, someone would put all this stuff in the Daily Sun, in one day expose all the deceit and bull. Civil war would in all probability erupt, but at least their eyes will be open to the facts, oh sorry, I was day dreaming again.

  • pjugroop - 2012-06-29 09:44

    A personalized Boeing, he must be very confident of getting a 2nd term, probably thanks to the many sheep that follow this lunatic. Now he will be able to steal internationally and make quick get away-a thief & a complete idiot

  • joanne.nozipho - 2012-06-29 09:44

    Zuma thinks 4 himself n his family.2b rands is 2much.majority of de ppl are not working.use dat money to empower our youth,to fight poverty n hiv/aids.

      leon.smit.1217 - 2012-06-29 10:12

      Vote D.A. then.

  • javed.chogle - 2012-06-29 09:44

    The biggest economy on the African continent , and people want the president to take a taxi ?

      Don.Tandy - 2012-06-29 09:56

      Big fish in a very small festering pond (economically wise).

      Rodney - 2012-06-29 10:01

      LOOK at JAVED s Name and comment he is proberly one of SHABIER S siblings and also on the gravy train

      david.goliath.355 - 2012-06-29 10:17

      Nothing wrong with Zuma using a Lear Jet !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-06-29 11:09

      Javed - our economy is a fraction of the economy of Brittain, and the prime minister of Britain flys (first class) on British Airways. At a fraction of the cost of buying and maintaining a private jet. Do you have any idea what the cost is of flying and maintaining such a beast is? I promise you the R2billion is not the full price, it will cost in the order of R1.5 million for a flight to the uk... if not more.

      Seperate - 2012-06-29 11:38

      @javed.chogle: PRIORITIES, does the word make any sense to you?

      Catherine - 2012-06-29 15:35

      big is a relative term.........how long is a piece of string? how big is big?

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-06-29 09:44

    Outrageous - he's an uneducated nobody.

  • facts.peter - 2012-06-29 09:46

    Why??? This is a traditional man with all his wife’s, dancing around in his white takkies and wonderful outfit and killing an animal before an ANC function. Give him a bicycle or an Ox to get to the Western civilized world.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-06-29 09:46

    With a financial crisis in almost all Government Departments including education, hospitals, police, housing supply to the very poor, service delivery, expensive infrastructure developments requiring bandit e-toll fund raising ventures, roads pock marked with potholes etc. Zuma has shown his full support by buying a new 2 billion rand private jet, so he can continue with his 2 weekly jollies all over the world. We must never forget that a tyre puncture somewhere in Africa and a routine service of the present Presidential jet, made it so unreliable that our glorious and so important President incurred a R 12 million cost to the country by having three shadow jets follow him to New York, just in case he may have been late for a world shattering AU conference. Leaving a day earlier for the flight would have obviously wasted too much of his precious time while sorting out his main objectives and concern for the poor, unskilled, unemployed youth, and homeless citizens of this country. Also the country is so awash with funds that we can give billions towards the BRICS alliance, indicating that the Government has brilliantly assumed our GDP is in fact on par with China’s. Zuma must become President for life, due to his efficient and extremely wise spending of the countries precious tax revenue.

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-06-30 11:12

      nicely said!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-29 09:47

    Shows how stupid Zuma is....at a time like this, when his credibility is at a pretty low point....he goes and permits this V.I.P jet to be purchased. If this isn't a clear sign to ALL the (poor) anc supporters that Zuma cares nothing for their needs...ONLY HIS OWN..then honestly,they deserve to stay poor.

      Seperate - 2012-06-29 11:39

      precisely.

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-06-29 09:47

    and when "black men" are in charge of the economy Mr Zuma, your mode of transport will be a skateboard!!!

      tsubi.monama.9 - 2012-07-01 01:35

      Skadeboard is better, a Bicycle with flat tyres

  • andrew.arde - 2012-06-29 09:48

    This R2bn could also fund 10% of the e-tolling system as well! This government is a farce!

  • samlet.letsam - 2012-06-29 09:51

    Enough is enough.If this goes through, nobody should pay ANY tax anymore!!

      Rodney - 2012-06-29 10:07

      WE should ALL strike for a week and I mean every body see what message it will bring across. No traveling No spending No work So NO TAX for a week that is 25% less tax for the government and see what affect it will have on them.

  • patson.nedzamba - 2012-06-29 09:51

    Top drawer madness!!!

  • erick.letshwene - 2012-06-29 09:51

    It’s about time, the jet was really too small. Imagine every time he takes a large business delegation the have to flow in commercial airlines that can be delayed not to mentions the land and take-off in different airports wasting valuable time

      matt.ratcliffe.796 - 2012-06-29 10:14

      Oh please, what do you know about airports. Presidential delegates have a private terminal. Their planes are not delayed and the president is only boarded a few minutes before departure. Besides, SAA has boeing 747's in their fleet. Better than that of a 777. Please stop being so ignorant.

      erick.letshwene - 2012-06-29 10:39

      President takes off from waterkloof, delagation goes to OR Tambo

      kenny.liebenberg - 2012-06-29 10:59

      @Erick - And you travel VIA VOETE if you support idiocy like this.

      erick.letshwene - 2012-06-29 11:19

      Sticks and stones

      erick.letshwene - 2012-06-29 11:52

      Sis man, respect yourself. That might be tolorated where you come from but not in a civilised world

      matt.ratcliffe.796 - 2012-06-29 12:17

      I really honestly struggle to get my thinking down to your level to understand how your brain processes this. Does all of this look like a growing country to you? Do WE as SOUTH AFRICANS have the potential to be a striving successful country? Did the USA get to where they are today by disregarding the poor? Greed is the root of all evil, it see's no colour and is universal. It'll rob you as much as it robs me. The Great Conquerer, Genghis Khan, killed his own brother because of greed, yet you'll stand by and defend some one who robs you right before your eye's? Continue the way you are and you'll keep going nowhere slowly.

  • belinda.minchershaw - 2012-06-29 09:52

    Mmmmm really!? That's shocking and wrong in so many ways!!!