Questions over Zuma's US charter flight

2011-09-21 07:48
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Johannesburg - Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will be called to explain the use of a chartered private aircraft to transport President Jacob Zuma to the US, according to a newspaper report on Wednesday.

The Star reported that DA MP David Maynier will submit parliamentary questions on the matter on Wednesday.

Maynier wants to know if the private charter company was approved by the Treasury, why the aircraft had to be leased in the first place, what the cost was and who accompanied the president.

He said he was determined to get to the bottom of this as potentially millions of taxpayers' rands had been spent.

"Although I expect the minister to try and stonewall, I will try and pursue," he told The Star.

While exact costs were not available, charters can cost $14 000 (R108 000) an hour.

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