DA to investigate Armscor's VIP jet tender

2016-04-27 13:50

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance on Wednesday expressed its displeasure over a tender issued for the lease of a VIP aircraft by Armscor.

"We believe that such a procurement is wasteful and an insult to poor South Africans," said DA MP Kobus Marais in a statement. 

The tender – posted on the Armscor website last Friday and closing for applications on May 4 – calls for the "lease of an intercontinental VIP Aircraft".

Further tender details from Armscor, the the defence ministry's procurement agency, are not available publicly.  

However, according to the Democratic Alliance, a request for information issued last year "stipulated a luxurious aircraft with an interior that meets VVIP standards and has a range of 5 500 nautical miles non-stop with 18 passengers on-board, or 7 200 nautical miles non-stop with 30 passengers on-board".

Marais said the DA would submit questions to Parliament about various aspects of the tender.

While he classified the craft as destined to be a "new presidential jet", comment from the Presidency to clarify this was not immediately available.

In November last year, controversy arose over reports that a tender was out for a R4bn jet which would be used by President Jacob Zuma. At the time, the Presidency said it would ask the defence department about the alleged planned acquisition.

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