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DA welcomes Zuma jet deal probe

2012-07-19 19:45

Cape Town - The DA has welcomed Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's decision to conduct a preliminary investigation into alleged attempts to buy new presidential jets.

In a letter to Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier, dated July 4, Madonsela states she has decided to conduct a preliminary investigation into the allegations. The aim is to establish whether there is a need for her to conduct a full investigation as envisaged in the Public Protector Act.

In a statement on Thursday, Maynier said this followed his request for an investigation into "what appears to be a very dodgy process to purchase transcontinental VIP aircraft, including a Boeing 777-200 LR and Global Express 6000, which would have cost more than R2bn".

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula had done the right thing and cancelled the acquisition process, he said.

However, there were still a number of unanswered questions, such as whether former defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu did in fact advise that the deal be suspended.

Other questions included why, given that the decision to purchase the aircraft had been taken at least 18 months previously, it was necessary to deviate from normal competitive procurement processes, and whether the necessary authority to do so was received from the National Treasury and/or defence department.

The DA wanted to know why Armscor - the defence department’s principle defence material acquisition agency - had not led the buying process.

Maynier questioned why neither the defence joint standing committee nor the defence portfolio committee were briefed on the deal.

"The public protector has agreed to provide me with feedback on the outcome of the investigation as soon as possible and we must now await the outcome of the preliminary investigation," he said.

Comments
  • Warwick Bristow - 2012-07-19 21:21

    Corrupt corrupt corrupt

      Tebz001 - 2012-07-19 22:57

      ANC ANC ANC

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-19 21:29

    Pretty rapid response for a jet. Noteworthy that there's still NO response on the edu mess. Let alone an investigation. R22 MILLION edu budget for Limpopo vanished into thin air in 6 months - and no books or other equip to show for it.

  • khanya.mlozana - 2012-07-19 21:33

    keep on doin gud job DA, im anc member bt zuma n his friends r corrupt, wen they c money they r like hyenas.

  • ntjeke.wilfred - 2012-07-19 22:01

    DA protect and care about south Africa, ANC protect and care about Zuma and nobody else,

  • thulanit3 - 2012-07-19 22:35

    Obviously the racist published this article to push his agenda,,,firstly this jet is not zumas but belong to the state to be used by president whoever it could be,,,and the proposal was to buy 2 jets, the other one for vice pres...

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-20 01:27

      And that makes it right to buy 2 unnecessary aircraft? So they belong to the state - do you think that gives you the right to take a ride? Zuma ordered "modifications" costing millions. What do you think they were? Maybe an extra large bed for his extended family? And who is paying for that? The taxpayers. Why buy such expensive aircraft? Let them fly SAA. - our national airline, like everyone else. The British prime minister rides a bicycle and takes the tube. The Malawian President flies British Airways - she is not greedy and determined to impoverish her people.

      chris.cunning.14 - 2012-07-20 07:32

      Obviously you a racist and retarded. It's a waste of states money, unless you got R500 million in your bank account. But that just makes you selfish anyway.

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