News24

Air Force to keep using standby planes for Zuma

2012-01-25 13:37

Johannesburg - The SA Air Force has stuck to its guns on the use of standby planes when President Jacob Zuma travels abroad.

"The SAAF will continue to act responsibly by providing a plan B with standby abroad, especially for time critical and very important missions," it said in a statement on Wednesday.

Defending its decision charter two standby planes for Zuma's recent trip to the United States, the SAAF added: "[This will be done] to ensure the president's on time and [has] safe transportation to destinations."

Zuma attended a UN Security Council meeting two weeks ago. After this meeting, Zuma had to return to South Africa immediately for another "important commitment", SAAF said.

According to weekend media reports an SAA Boeing A340-200 shadowed Zuma's Boeing business jet Inkwazi as far as Las Palmas, Canary Islands, on Zuma's outbound leg to New York.

A second aircraft, a chartered Bombardier Global Express, was on standby in New York and followed the presidential jet back to South Africa at the conclusion of Zuma’s visit.

Avoid embarrassment

SAAF said its mandate was to ensure an efficient and safe flight service to the president and his deputy, to avoid any possible embarrassment to the country.

"Departure and arrival times for the entire mission were critically important and standby aircraft in South Africa simply would not have sufficed, taken into consideration the reaction time required over the long distance in this case, over-flight clearance etc."

There were fears the aircraft could have "unforeseen technical difficulties", it said.

The Inkwazi had been in Switzerland for several months for a major service. Upon its return to South Africa, it was used extensively for training flights to ensure all possible "snags" were fixed.

"Any slightest possible glitch had to be avoided and thus a plan B was put in place, albeit the standby aircraft."

The incident riled opposition parties and raised questions about the costs of such arrangements.

DA MP David Maynier said the arrangements were "mind boggling". He called on Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to explain the details of the flight arrangements, in which standby crews were also flown to Las Palmas, to Parliament’s defence committee.

On Wednesday, the SAAF said "fresh" crew were made available to take over in a bid to avoid pilot fatigue.

"The aircraft does not have a special rest area facility on board for standby crew and thus could not be accommodated on board," it said.

"A standby crew in South Africa would not have sufficed, due to critical time constraints and reaction time."

Comments
  • Julie - 2012-01-25 13:40

    What important missions?????

      Alan - 2012-01-25 13:56

      @Michael whaa haaa - Fly By Night engineers

      Michael - 2012-01-25 13:57

      and don't forget, an important mission, is to be interpreted as a "self important mission" This idiots think they are so important that they actually have a say in world issue's, when most of the time they are just the "token African representative" To honestly think that the world takes him seriously.... how they must laugh when he waddles in, chest puffed out...

      Gerhard - 2012-01-25 13:58

      We are on a need to know basis and at the moment, we don't need to know. We just need to know that they are very important.

      procold2 - 2012-01-25 14:01

      sticking his hand out for donations to save limpopo and the easten cape

      Celtis - 2012-01-25 14:20

      Hope they have parachutes. And how do you pick the least broken plane to use? Who is flying in the standby plane? If it is immediate family then 2 standby planes may be required.

      Celtis - 2012-01-25 14:27

      Another reason could be that he doesn’t trust his own people and making sure that they never know in which plane he is. Remember Idi Amin send his helicopter for serviced in Switzerland out of fear for dirty tricks. How many leaders have died in air crashes?

      Willie - 2012-01-25 14:32

      If the president plane ditch in Atlantic oceans,how is the standby going to help

      Dirk - 2012-01-25 14:52

      He had to be back in SA in time to meet with his boss, Julius Malema

      Shadrach - 2012-01-25 14:53

      Kids,kids,kids ....are u that stupid or what? The President is the president and u r jst one lurky who does not count in the scheme of things!The president deserves all the perks that come with the job. Full stop!! U can whine and bark all u want!!!

      Alan - 2012-01-25 14:58

      @Shadowy Shadrach. Hmmm - methinks the Pres should rather concentrate on doing a proper job in his own country, rather than enjoying 'perks' on trips where his input is meaningless 'in the grand scheme of things' anyway.

      Celtis - 2012-01-25 15:06

      Do you think he has a blue light on the plane? Just in case he is in a hurry.

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-01-25 15:10

      Well have Zuma comics out soon , "Mission To Bangkok" or "Undercover In Pofadder" ..... what a clown?

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-25 15:21

      They are despicable!!

      Mike - 2012-01-25 15:57

      Shopping I guess... The easiest and cheapest Plan "B" is South African Airways... And Mr. Editor - an A 340-200 is an Airbus not a Boeing! And why a 261 passenger aircraft has to "shadow" the presidents plane is just beyond any explanation?

      Celtis - 2012-01-25 16:01

      Mike is spot-on with shopping. We take the Venter trailer to go big shopping and he takes an Airbus as trailer.

      Juan - 2012-01-25 17:35

      We have a very important mission too. Stop paying taxes

      Sedick - 2012-01-25 18:40

      Find another wife or mistress....and have time to take a shower....

      Hugh - 2012-01-25 20:17

      Tell me what on earth would they have done if there was failure either way. A fair portion of the trip was over water. Besides that it just shows how far the SAAF has sunk from my days.

      Gordon - 2012-01-25 23:01

      Who or what was on the other planes?

      Vince.York - 2012-01-26 06:29

      WORSE is that most likely, family & friends and future nepotistic connected are flying in the backup planes and being provided with diplomatic immunity to take out of SA and return into SA "undisclosed everything". Maybe this method is CHEAPER than some floozy having to charter a private jet because she refuses to have her bag searched after cruising through some sordid zones in Europe. Has anyone ensured that in accordance with the zanu-pf guidebook of Grace, that many cash-in-transit vans don't arrive and fill these planes up with dollars, looted directly from the reserve bank?

      Michael - 2012-01-26 09:38

      I would also use backup planes if I used BEE engineers. Heck, I am surprised that they do not have 30 backups, all carrying spare part

      Boeretroos - 2012-01-26 16:16

      @Julie Well here are some of his most important missions. 1. Flly to manhatten usa, spend 15 minutes at the un coffee bar chatting up old flames in africa, signing the guest book at the un, leaving to go to dulles airport, boarding his plane now bound for nevada, getting off at mccarren airport, singning in at ceasars las vegas and having a board discussion whilst playing some slots, craps and blackjack. 2.Next a small state trip with 200 special delagates all heading out from tambo towards italy to rediscover rome and find out precisely - how the heck nero burnt down the place - all lessons learnt would be adapted and adopted into a new burn down strategy by the anc. Ag man, all these important missions - I can just go on and on and on...

  • Sean - 2012-01-25 13:40

    Who the hell does Zuma think he is? God? And the obvious question is: If his plane had crashed while being escorted from the states,from 35000 ft,into the sea, just what exactly could they have done?

      Alan - 2012-01-25 13:48

      dropped a wreath?

      Oscar - 2012-01-25 13:50

      maybe use parashoots with no strings attached ....

      En - 2012-01-25 13:50

      I'm pretty sure the air force knows they couldn't have done anything if it crashed immediately. But thankfully, most of the time pilots can still land with a whole host of problems on board, which is what they mean by backup aircraft....land at the nearest airport and change planes. So your "obvious" question has been asked and answered. This of course doesn't make this whole thing right.

      David - 2012-01-25 14:00

      Zuma was going to open the door, climb onto the wing, the 2 planes were going to fly closer to each other, then he would reach out and the pillot in the backup plane would grab his hand and pull him in...OOPS, sorry.. I must stop watching James bond movies..eish!

      Martin - 2012-01-25 15:05

      Best zapiro in ages: http://www.zapiro.com/cartoon/681361-120122st

      Shadrach - 2012-01-25 15:07

      THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA...that's who he is and u know it too.

      Alan - 2012-01-25 15:11

      Yeah Sean - take that! Banana anybody?

      Alan - 2012-01-25 15:19

      @Martin - Zapiro on the matter is hilarious. hahahaaa

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-25 15:26

      The difference between God and Zuma is that God doesn't think he is Zuma!

      Johann - 2012-01-25 19:01

      Save allot of money by flying him in the standby plane instead of the official plain???

      Jason - 2012-01-26 09:04

      C'mon Sean its easy, they can just tow the plane boet!!

  • Alan - 2012-01-25 13:42

    blah blah screw the txpayer blah blah important time restraints blah blah blah. But when there is some serious issue in the country ... no sign of the Pres.

      Sedick - 2012-01-25 18:41

      Investigate which family member owns the Charter Company......

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-25 13:43

    A boeing 340-200...thats enough to show us whether if media24 is spicing things up. lol

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-01-25 14:00

      I know... although the article comes from SAPA (South African Press Assoc), you'd think they'd know enough to realise it's an Airbus, not a Boeing...

      Gregory - 2012-01-25 14:39

      You want the editor of THIS rag to know the difference or spot the error? hahahahaha, no, that's not one of Jannie's abilities

      JustJust205 - 2012-01-25 14:53

      I was also wondering,is it a Boeing or an Airbus? an A340 is an Airbus not a Boeing.... Someone's reporting is off as usual...

      Achmad - 2012-01-25 15:00

      The SAAF staff spent over 3 months trying to put Boeing spares into the A340-200. Apparently the Toyota mini-bus spares did not work either. Thats why it took 3 months.

      John - 2012-01-25 16:09

      Does it matter if its an Airbus or a Boeing???? ITS STILL A WASTE OF MY HARD EARNED CASH....

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-01-25 13:45

    On time - an African President is never on time.

  • RSole - 2012-01-25 13:46

    I would have thought that the embarrassment to the country would be wasting money on "plan B" when there is so much poverty in the country

  • anthro45 - 2012-01-25 13:50

    And I wonder how full of family and friends the other two planes are. Another free ride to go spend ill gotten money overseas.

      petro.borchard - 2012-01-25 14:59

      The reason that they did not trust the plane that has just been serviced by the SWISS (EXTREMELY efficient nation), it is that it was used EXTENSIVELY by the appy pilots of the air force (supposedly to test it). I would also doubt the safety after that! Has the ANC ever heard about that little business that we have in South Africa (S.A.A.) that flies everywhere and have first class cabins etc that normally are not fully booked......? In the remote chance that the official plane hits a snag, I am sure SAA would be able to make a plan to accommodate showerhead and at least one or two of his obese wifes who went along to go shopping on foreign shores.

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-25 13:50

    What important missions may I ask - too much self importance I must say. The wind sure does change direction. Hospitals have no food to feed patients, yet monies must be squandered to shadow "showerhead". I wonder which other President around the world is afforded such!!!!!! The name Association of National Criminals fits.

  • kritzinger - 2012-01-25 13:51

    Stupid question I'm sure, but I wonder what Government are doing to offset the enormous carbon footprint generated by an unnecessary extra plane. Other arguments aside, that is.

      PaasHaas - 2012-01-25 13:53

      Simple, adding environmental tax to our car purchases (bet it doesnt apply to their car purchases).

      Alan - 2012-01-25 13:55

      Carbon footprint management is a Flop

      Alan - 2012-01-25 14:03

      Flip

  • braamc - 2012-01-25 13:51

    You now what is embarrassing, the f*&cken taxpayers money you waste, but then no integrity here.

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-25 13:56

      They justify their thieving with no conviction whatsoever!!!!

  • Martin - 2012-01-25 13:52

    So if I'm travelling abroad on a serious business trip, involving Millions of Rands worth of business, can I ask SAA to send a back up plane for me? After all I'm a Business Class passanger paying full fare :)

      Gerhard - 2012-01-25 13:59

      But that is not a very important mission. Yours is just a business trip, not a very important mission.

      Alan - 2012-01-25 14:09

      Yeah - these MISSIONS are always very important. World Leaders desperately need advice from our Pres. on solving World Problems. An Iconic leader who has turned SA into a Beaming Global Icon. To infinity and beyond........... WTF

      Heinrich - 2012-01-25 15:59

      Martin : I think it is very arrogant of you to try to make this comparison. The best your business trip can do is increase trade between S.A. and another country; perhaps create some jobs and lift some people out of their misery. It can never add anything to the ego of Mr. Zuma, which is so essential for the development of South Africa.

      Juan - 2012-01-25 19:06

      Is your name showerhead?

  • Myancmyfuture - 2012-01-25 13:55

    Well done SA Airforce!!

      Hotkop - 2012-01-25 14:05

      Yes SAAF! Congrats on keeping 2 of your 4 operational planes in the sky!!

      Alan - 2012-01-25 14:41

      If the SAAF just fitted Helicpter Blades onto the Showerhead, the verbal hot air would do the rest.....

      Hotkop - 2012-01-25 14:53

      LOL Alan! Fit it on both conjoined skulls and you have a Chinook!!

      Alan - 2012-01-25 15:00

      whaahaa! Showerheads now replaced by Airheads.

      Hotkop - 2012-01-25 15:16

      Bunch of airheads------> Airbus.

  • angela.salloway - 2012-01-25 13:56

    I wonder if Lindiwe Sisulu's father would have approved such a waste of money, by his daughter, when there are people in this country without the basic things like a roof over their heads? Come on Lindiwe stand up for what you really believe in! OR DO YOU?

      Dan - 2012-01-25 14:36

      Lindiwe Sisulu cannot be compared to her father in any way! She is swollen-headed, pompous and thinks that she is some kind of a glamour girl. Remember, she was the one who stuffed up the Dept of Human Settlements!

  • Jonathan - 2012-01-25 13:58

    How much did this little excersize cost the taxpayers of this country. When are we ever going to get rid of this incompetant fools that are running the country into the ground?

      Solly - 2012-01-25 15:01

      It's still along way till Jesus comes...

      Alan - 2012-01-25 15:05

      maybe not!

  • Dmitri - 2012-01-25 13:59

    Aah, the air farce (no typo here). So I pay tax for a backup plane, yet the street lights are broken and the pot holes get bigger and deeper. Say no more...

  • E=MC2 - 2012-01-25 14:00

    i thought the initial excuse was because his plane had just been serviced?? now its an on going thing? Wasting money Mr all important President!!

  • Robert - 2012-01-25 14:02

    Of course they will, more free trips for the brothers !!

  • Frederick - 2012-01-25 14:03

    Why not charter a plane and get it iver and done if there is doubt about the air force plane. Or do they think they cna catch the Pres. in mid air if there is something wrong with the air force plane. The chartering company should take care of the flight an ascertain that the client gets proper service, now its double the costs and a waste of tax money!

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-25 14:08

    my fellow africans, the airbus a340-200 has been written-off by saa to make a way for new a330-200. and do yourself a favour, google how much other nations spend to transport their statesmen...you will be shocked. especially usa, israel, brit, china, saudi

      Alan - 2012-01-25 14:11

      Yeah - Comparing Our Pres to the USA Pres. is comparing apples with apples. (Or is one of them a rotten apple?).

      Alan - 2012-01-25 14:12

      The Inkwazi. HMmm .. why does Fly Mango come to mind?

      Chrono - 2012-01-25 14:19

      British PMs use their country's airliner and on top of that they book into normal flights used by you and me.

      Dan - 2012-01-25 14:31

      yes, but these countries are not collecting taxes from less than 20% of the population!

      The-Azanian - 2012-01-25 14:40

      i remember last year when duke and dutches paid us visit in waterkloof and i never saw british airways or bmi aircraft.

      Hotkop - 2012-01-25 14:59

      We have one of the highest murder, rape, theft, assault etc etc rates in the world. Do you really want to compare our imcompotent president with other nations presidents?

      angel.moonsamy - 2012-01-25 15:17

      Well Well : Compare Apples with apples : USA , CHINA . ISRAEL are 1st world countries : We are a fourth world country trying to make it fifth : Next time use da Google correctly Brother

      Heinrich - 2012-01-25 15:35

      Alan: Zuma doesn't fly Mango. He prefers Banana.

      Alan - 2012-01-25 15:44

      Haha Bananair?

      gbbfg - 2012-01-25 15:48

      The-Azanian: You must live on a different planet if you're comparing South Africa to the USA, UK, China etc. Hello? We are a tiny country at the tip of Africa. Wake up. Honestly I'm sick of this bling showing off bull.

      Mike - 2012-01-25 17:11

      @ The Azanian - a little newsflash for you. According to the UN 50% of South Africa's population live below the poverty line, in the USA 15.1%, in Israel 23%, in Britain 14% and in China 2.8%. Half of our population lives BELOW the poverty line - yet we have a government AND president who clearly believes they / he are the next Emperors of South Africa and can waste money EACH and EVERY day! And the scary part comes next... if you look at the rest of Africa! Kenya same as us 50%, Less people below the poverty line Ethiopia 38.7%, Ghana 28%, Burkina Faso 46%, Angola 40%, Ivory Coast 46%, Lesotho 49%, Tanzania 37%.. scary isn't it... as we have R 26.000.000.000 to loose and god knows how much money to waste.....

      Pierre - 2012-01-26 09:21

      The-Azanian – you have the usual trolls on you again, but I agree with what you said. @Chrono - the UK government has a whole squadron to fly them around (No 32 Squadron to be precise), and might use British Airways “occasionally” (see Wikipedia unless you think it is infiltrated by the ANC) @ Mike - South Africa is a lot stronger and has a lot less people below the “poverty line” than at ’94.

      Pierre - 2012-01-26 09:24

      @ gbbfg – We are not really that tiny. Our GDP is in the 20’s, our companies has huge international business.

      Mike - 2012-01-26 09:30

      @ Pierre - that is the scary fact, with inflation and price increases in South Africa MORE people are below the poverty line now than before 1994. 50% as per the United Nations list... whilst Zoooooomaaaaaa zooooooms around the world with 3 planes...

  • Nick - 2012-01-25 14:09

    The Inkwazi had been in Switzerland for several months for a major service....doesn't say much for our local technicians and engineers !! Well now ... whose booked on our local flights, supported by our local engineers, or are all our domesic aircraft serviced overseas ?

  • laurentia.hodge - 2012-01-25 14:11

    "SAAF said its mandate was to ensure an efficient and safe flight service to the president and his deputy, to avoid any possible embarrassment to the country." Really? What about the people lying in hospital eating biscuits, what about the people who still live in shacks without water and electricity, poor service delivery, and the list goes on - is that not embarrasing enough for you to consider to rather save every cent you can and invest in the people of your country???

      Johnnie - 2012-01-25 20:50

      That just shows what a lot of bloody corruptness goes on,then they want to force a law through Parliament to cover all that up. What I really would love is to hear what Guy Fawkes woul have said about all this.

  • Dave - 2012-01-25 14:13

    Zuma is doing what most African leaders do, he is taking his gold bars out of the country just in case he looses the leadership of the ANC. The other part of the story is that the spare crews are not good enough to share the same plane as him, so they have to fly in another aircraft, and he has only one shower.

  • Andre - 2012-01-25 14:16

    Why don't my representatives use skype... now that i'm 18 i don't have much to hide.

  • Donald - 2012-01-25 14:19

    Gautengers brought SANRAL to its knees by not buying etags, why dont we as citizens stand together and stop paying taxes? Only then will the looting stop. If they dont have any money to waste, they wont waste it. This only proves once that they dont really give a rats ass about their mainly poor electorate. Shame of them!!

  • Greek - 2012-01-25 14:22

    GIVE ZUMA A MICRO-LITE. HE SHOULD MAKE IT IN A WEEK.

      Mike - 2012-01-25 14:48

      Fair enough, but a vw beetle and a bicycle to back it up.

      Alan - 2012-01-25 14:53

      @Mike .. A HUMMER would be far more appropriate....

      Hotkop - 2012-01-25 15:00

      But then they will ad 6 backup Hummers just in case he gets stranded.

      Alan - 2012-01-25 15:06

      enough Hummers on the flight already

      Heinrich - 2012-01-25 16:36

      Now I get the picture. A back-up plane. A back-up wife. It will be very embarassing if the President comes late.

      Juan - 2012-01-25 19:10

      Strap him to a freaking ICBM, he won't be late and no backup needed

  • Dan - 2012-01-25 14:26

    What good are these standby planes going to be if his plane fails in midair? This is just another ruse to syphon more money from the taxpayers to fill their deep, thieving pockets! It's one of the most idiotic explanations provided.

      John - 2012-01-26 11:16

      Dan, They are using this story to justify the purchase of a new Presidential Jet, Inkwazi 2. They also can't get the smell of smuggled Rhino horns out of the upholstery, time to upgrade.

  • Mphathi - 2012-01-25 14:38

    Welcome to Africa!!!!!!!! You must know how to use you words in zulu( zuma must hve said- Ngicela indiza mshini ozokwazi ukumelana nedingo zami njengomholi wezwe) and gusse what --- bad translation ( the president said hee needs a spare plane for his special mission) ============Come on guys get a life this Afrika & it is not for sissis

  • Mphathi - 2012-01-25 14:39

    Welcome to Africa, this is Africa 4 African everything is done African way.

      Sharon - 2012-01-25 15:00

      Yea thats why we in so much shyte in this country

      Hotkop - 2012-01-25 15:03

      Unfortunately.

  • Gregory - 2012-01-25 14:41

    The polygamous blob seems to forget he is Prezzeedent of a ver ver small country at the bottom of Africa. What he seems to think is he is th World Ruler. Idiots the lot of them.

  • Hennie - 2012-01-25 14:47

    It’s so good to know if they fly over the ocean and one plane is not serviced properly (by their buddies) that they will do a plane crossing encase of emergency? What a load of utter BS. They are so full this that they believe the nonsense coming from their mouth and that we should agree. Well let the ANC then be accountable for his travelling costs.

      Alan - 2012-01-25 14:49

      Sorry - but accountable does not appear to be in the ANC 'Dick'tionary

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-25 14:50

    This is a huge embarrassment to South Africa. The least Zuma can do is show some respect for the citizens of this country. This action is so disrespectful, hedonistic, selfish, shortsighted and cowardly. The second thing he can do is show some consideration for the children of the future. He is burning up fossil fuels, contaminating our atmosphere with CO 2 and other gases at twice the rate. The big show put up at COP 17 was just a show. He simply does not care. Is this the type of leadership we, or our children, deserve?

  • Larry - 2012-01-25 14:51

    Standby Planes do not usually fly, they stand by. This clown wants a Blue Light Convoy in the Air.

  • Rosiland - 2012-01-25 14:51

    What country in the world are there standby planes for "important" people such as presidents and or dignitaries??? I really would like to know if we are the only "stupid" nation to fly an idiot around with two back up aircraft - chances are if anything happened to the plane he would be dead anyway and both backup planes would have to go home anyway wasting all that time and money and then on top of that a DEAD President - go figure

  • Gordon - 2012-01-25 14:55

    If the SAAF wished to avoid embarrasment, perhaps President Zuma should have remained here in SA?

      Johnnie - 2012-01-25 20:57

      The main thing was not the embarrassment for the country,but the greasing of the palms.

  • hellopat - 2012-01-25 14:55

    Stand by plane.... so if the plane breaks down in mid-air, do they pull up to the nearest cloud and wait for the standby to fetch him ?

  • Dirk - 2012-01-25 14:57

    The SAAF, like the army, is there for the pleasure of the corrupt regime only. They do not have sufficient funds for the pilots to fly. Despite the armaments purchases, the military is a spent "force". They would struggle to defend themselves against Lesotho

      Hotkop - 2012-01-25 15:25

      They already struggled against Lesotho....Ops Boleas.

  • Greek - 2012-01-25 14:58

    PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ALL YOUR LUGGAGE EG.SUITCASES BOXES CHICKENS ARE PLACED IN THE AIRCRAFT AND NOT PLACED ON THE ROOF.IT COULD BE EMBARRASSING TO OUR COUNTRY.

  • gbbfg - 2012-01-25 15:01

    Ok Mr Zuma. I want to see every police officer in this country being shadowed by a backup police officer in case the first one gets shot. If you don't think that's more important than getting to a meeting on time, there's no hope.

      Oscar - 2012-01-25 16:43

      and may i please have a back up to shadow me on my way to work to make sure I do not hi-jacked, AGAIN, mr Zuma?

  • Gavin - 2012-01-25 15:03

    Aaaah, now I get it !! In any good business there always has to be a "plan B". The ANC phukwits thought Zuma needed a Plane B.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-01-25 15:04

    It's all about SMS(short man syndrome) He needs to feel and act very important you know!

  • Kostadinos - 2012-01-25 15:06

    They can use standby planes from the so called SANTACO EXPRESS for plan B but hands off SAA. We dont want to develope the reputation of a country that used commercial aircraft like our neighbour for presidential use and leave passangers stranded. If we already have a bad reputation for foreign investments in mining imagine what could happen to tourism

  • Warwick - 2012-01-25 15:06

    All this while people starve in hospitals. Viva viva.

  • Warwick - 2012-01-25 15:07

    A service in Switzerland?Dont they trust their own fast tracked technicians at SAA or the air force.

  • Ian Lyle - 2012-01-25 15:11

    Just another reason why I told my tax advisor that I am willing to pay absolute minimum to the government!

  • angel.moonsamy - 2012-01-25 15:13

    JZ : Are we now copying Obama : PS : He only has one shadow plane But No you MUST HAVE TWO : Small man syndrome

  • Justin - 2012-01-25 15:17

    I have never come across such waste!!. Other nations that spend more on their leaders travelling, do because they travel more and justifiably have larger delegations such as the Chinese. Nobody really gives a hoot about SA, please get that. But this is all beside the point, doesn't mean because others may waste we should do the same. The facts are that our finances/Airforce are a muck up like everything else that is not maintained in SA. The Boeing Business Jet that Zuma uses is in fact very young (ito hours flown) and has fallen into disrepair because of wilting capacity at our SAAF management - Fact it can be the only reason - there are Boeing 737-800s used by SAA that have flown 1000s of hours longer and seem to have less trouble - Why?? These stories piss me off and are why we should all seek to always pay as little over to Pravin G. You should be taking Zuma and Sisulu to task, just like Limpopo - be consistent in your risk management of state resources

      Christel - 2012-01-25 19:09

      I think Limpopo should declare its self independent of South Africa.Let them sort our their *&^%$ problems.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-25 15:18

    Critical incompetence , this is a disgusting display of arrogance and sqaunder of public funds.

  • HiJack - 2012-01-25 15:26

    "...to avoid any possible embarrassment to the country". What can be more embarrassing than thinking you are so important that you need more than 1 plane? If the problem is to get him to places at certain times, then its nothing more than bad scheduling on his own behalf. Make sure ONE plane is in good condition, and that's that. This WaBenzi mentality is laughable.

  • Terence - 2012-01-25 15:26

    This is the same Air Force that not to long ago grounded virtually all of their aircraft because they had no budget left for fuel!! Perhaps we should re-name him King Zuma, he has the same attitude of his mate in Swaziland - the Public Purse is there primarily for his personal use.

  • Retta - 2012-01-25 15:29

    I have a question...does any other president in the world travel with a "back up plane" or is this just ours.

      Albert - 2012-01-25 15:42

      Last time i heard "back up plane" was during WW11

      Teboho - 2012-01-25 17:51

      only the township playboy.........